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Friday, June 7, 2013

7 Quick Takes

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.
Exactly what part of the washable marker is washable?
And this is after a wipe-down with a soapy washcloth and a bath.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why do I feel like summer is already over and it has only just begun?!?! One word: overscheduled.
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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.