Friday, April 11, 2008

Got Irony?

So last night we ate supper at 4:15 p.m. This is not usual. The reason we were eating earlier than my grandparents (who consider 6:00 a late supper)? We had to be at Tae Kwon Do at 5:30 and it's 30 minutes from our house and we had to pick up the Bear.

And then, after the 45 minute TKD class, we had to be at church by 7:00 for a new parenting Bible study. (It's this one in case you were wondering.)

The very first lesson was about not over scheduling our children with activities and we're supposed to figure out what we can cut out so that we are working on "building relationships instead of pursuing experiences." (You can probably tell that I'm a bit skeptical of parenting small group classes or any small group classes, but I digress.)

Naturally the thought occurred to me, although I only whispered it to Prince Charming and did not share with the whole class, "If I wasn't at this study I would be home with my children right now."

Other than that I think most of the point he was trying to make escaped me because my own childhood can only be described as idyllic and I spend all.the.time with my own children, what with the homsechooling and all. And I'd say we're relationship and experience rich. But hey, the kids liked the Bible study because they got to play outside with their uncle (The Bear) and drink juice boxes, so it's all good.

3 comments:

onthecreek said...

So funny. It's hard to balance but sometimes you've got to drop the "help you out groups" too. :-) We can never learn enough about each other but it doesn't take a group to inform you of that. We've been married 25+ years and we're still learning and growing and enriching. We never did figure the children out. :-) But we had fun trying. :-)
Hope the time it takes you to read this rambling comment doesn't put you behind. :-)
Hang in there!
Donna

Amy said...

"If I wasn't at this study I would be home with my children right now."

That hilarious!

I just the love the thought that homeschooling will mean that I get to spend so much time with my kids and not have to pack in 'quality time' around school and homework. Yay!

Amy Jane (Untangling Tales) said...

I think these types of "warnings" are built on the assumption that we farm out the kids to keep from having to entertain them ourselves-- on top of outsourcing their schooling and other raising.

My kids would *love* to have a regular something, I think. My oldest has expressed interest in learning violin, and I'm trying to decide if I have enough interest and discipline to make/let that happen.

When kids are used to hours of independent play-time, and know what that means and how to enjoy it, I think they can be their own gauge of whether they're over-scheduled.

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