And just like that – here we are again – back on the ferris wheel and summer is a mere memory. I feel like I closed my eyes to soak up the warm summer rays several weeks back and have just re-woken in a pile of uniforms, pencil cases, school books and gymnastics fees owed. Gone. In the blink of an eye.
We had a dry run at “Back to School” this morning. Pre-school Day 1 – the prelude to School Day 1. It was going to be a nice little warm up. To say that we were rusty was an understatement……to say that it was pretty much an unmitigated disaster would be fairly accurate. Let’s put it this way – we drove up and down our hill 3 times. One: forgotten eye patch. Two: Forgotten 2nd lunchbox for the after school hour. Three: The actual Pre-School Run. Look at least we remembered to bring the child and pick him up again.
There were voices in my head have been fairly loud this week. The new schedule is like a never-ending math’s equation that even Albert Einstein himself would struggle to come to terms with. On more than 1 occasion this week have I felt like my head was going to roll off onto the floor and just explode.
‘Why do I draw all this on myself?’ I question over and over silently.
‘Would the kids really miss out if they did not have after-school music on a Wednesday?’
‘Can I manage to beat the school bus over to our stop and retrieve the tear-aways if 3rd born joins gymnastics?’
Waaaaahhhhhhh, my kids need a PA and I need a lobotomy after all this.
Why do we do it? Did we really have all this going on when we were 8 years old? Will our kids miss out on some crucial form of development socially, emotionally or physically if we don’t join the endless list of extra-curricular activities? How much is too much or too little?
I wish I had the answers – but I don’t. Am I building well-rounded individuals or turning my kids into beings that need to be endlessly entertained and on the go? With schedules that rival that of a CEO? Or am I giving them the chance they need to succeed?
I have no clue. What I do know is that there needs to be balance. There’s needs to be “No, we can’t”. In my opinion there needs to be time to stop and figure out how to entertain yourself too.
I’d love to know every ones else’s thoughts on this too!
Yours, with her brain just exploding,
Photo’s all by Anna Groniecka