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Friday, June 7, 2013

7 Quick Takes

 
~~ONE~~
 
We got our first batch of strawberries.
 
 
This is quite the haul for us considering we have a yard the size of a postage stamp.
 
~~TWO~~
 
Exactly what part of the washable marker is washable?
 
 
And this is after a wipe-down with a soapy washcloth and a bath.
 
~~THREE~~
 
Need an end of the school year laugh? Read this article by Jen Hatmaker. It's funny, but only if you have a sense of humor. If you don't, skip it and go look at more quite pet pictures or something.
 
~~FOUR~~
 
How many camps are your kids in this summer? Despite the pressure of every other kid doing Lego Minecraft camp, soccer camp, theater camp, art camp, and mom-needs-a-break-camp, I have decided to sign my kids up for ZERO camps this summer. For the second summer in a row my kids will be forced to laze around, read books, play in the sprinkler, and swim at the neighborhood pool. All of these activities will occur without a schedule.
 
~~FIVE~~
 
Hey, I don't begrudge the folks who choose to get their kids into activities in the summer. Some of the camps actually sound pretty cool and I am sure my kids would have a blast. I just think something gets lost when children have so much scheduled in their lives. There is a benefit to a child feeling bored. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is essential that children experience boredom. I always tell my kids that being bored is a choice. No one is forcing them to feel bored. They are making a personal choice to feel that way. If I schedule their every second then they are really missing out on some important personal growth.
 
~~SIX~~
 
That and I don't want to spend $472 to send three boys to Lego Minecraft camp for five morning sessions. Or the $750 I would need to send them to World Cup Soccer Camp. I can think of about a gazillion other ways I would rather spend a thousand dollars this summer. And none of them involve the kids.
 
~~SEVEN~~
 
Why do I feel like summer is already over and it has only just begun?!?! One word: overscheduled.
 
Check out more Quick Takes over at Conversion Diary.
 
 
 
 

2 comments:

Marisa said...

Hello! I found your blog via Conversion Diary and I'm really enjoying it. :) My kids aren't old enough for summer camp yet (I have a 2-year old and a 2-month old), but I have no idea how my husband and I will handle it when our son is old enough to start begging to take classes or attend a camp. So far, we've decided he can attend VBS, and one other activity (swimming, art, etc). I agree; it's okay for kids to be bored sometimes.

I look forward to reading more of your posts!

Martha said...

I haven't visited for a while, but wanted to say how much I like your new header picture.

Sounds like you have a nice relaxing summer planned, hope it turns out that way.