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*Beep Beep Beep*

The alarm on my phone sounds at least once a day–Usually more like three, reminding me of the appointments on our to-do list.

Homeschool co-op and tumbling on Mondays, piano on Tuesdays, art and cheer on Wednesdays, and a nature/hiking club on Thursdays. Friday remains my one day of semi-sanity and I hope to keep it that way.

I signed my daughter up for her first activity when I was still on maternity leave. We did mommy and me yoga together once a week. I like to think she looked forward to it. But really she was just happy to be anywhere my boobs were. I probably could have saved the monthly premium of that but I was eager to do something together.

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Did I do yoga with my son? No.

Next was mommy and me tumbling when she was 2. And soccer when she was 2.5. By this time I was pregnant so running and moving around wasn’t exactly my idea of a good time.

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Fast forward to now and she’s been in a dozen activities from ballet and girl scouts to swim and hip hop. My son has done one.—Gymnastics (because it’s included at his twice a week preschool.)

I’m not sure why I felt my first child deserved to be introduced to a variety of activities as a toddler and my second would be fine just hanging out until he’s 4 or 5. Maybe it’s a little unfair that I’ve skipped out on most mommy and me activities with my little guy, but I don’t think it’s anything he’ll take me to therapy over. There’s plenty of time ahead for him to fill up my phone with his own activities.

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My daughter enjoys her busy schedule. It’s not like I have to drag her to any of her activities. She loves her art class, she practices for piano at home. She’s forever flipping around in hopes to be a cheerleader some day. And hiking gets us all out and active together.

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I always wanted to be involved in a lot as a kid but I often found myself strung between two parents who had different views on how much I should be doing. One said as many as I wanted and the other said one at the most.

I want my children to have the opportunity to participate in as much as they have the time, energy and dedication for. I don’t know how much is too much for a 6-year-old but when my reminder alerts make me want to throw my iPhone out the window, I’ll know mama has reached her limit.

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How many activities do your kids participate in?

 


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Ashley says:

As crazy as it can be it is nice to be the mom around the kids. It gives us quality time plus I know what is going on with their lives.

Mandy Carter says:

My kids are not that involved in extra activities. We offer but my they just aren’t interested in more things than their one big focus which is theater for my son and dance for my daughter. At home they work on their art since my husband is an artist, so I guess that kind of counts.

Star Traci says:

This has been a struggle for us, too – finding that balance. My daughter would do EVERYTHING if I let her but then she gets overtired and stressed out. My son would do nothing if we didn’t push a little. They are so different and I always worry that I’m getting it wrong.
I live by iPhone reminders, too, BTW – haha!
🙂
Traci

Rebecca Bryant says:

Wow she is a busy bee. My son has only one activity and that’s band. He had a few others but gave them up to focus on prepping for college.

Scott says:

If you think the calendar is insane at six, wait until she’s in middle school. There aren’t enough hours in the day!

Your children are gorgeous! What a beautiful family! I know how hard it is to get the car ready, over and over and over. I sometimes think I should just sleep in it. It is a lot but it is helpful for them to see what they like and be able to try as much as they can. I have not heard of align, I will look into that.

I have heard of Align and see the benefits are well documented. Keep up the good work getting the word out on Align! Darren Chaker

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