Today’s families are busier than mine was when my kids were growing up. They have so many activities after school and on the weekend – is it too much?
Here is my 9 year old granddaughter Kailey’s schedule for this past weekend:
- Friday at 7 am she had a ringette tournament and the first game (yes on a school day)
- Saturday at 7 am she had the second game of the tournament
- Saturday at 12 noon she had the third game of the tournament
*these 3 games were played in Pickering, an hour’s drive from her home
- Saturday evening Kailey, her Mom and 2 friends went to the Justin Bieber concert
- Sunday afternoon Kailey and I went to a Tea with cast members of The Young and the Restless
Can you believe this? I think its one of their busiest weekends of the year, but not that unsual. In addition to Kailey playing ringette my grandson (6) Dylan plays hockey and that requires 2-3 times a week practices and a game. Oh and Kailey has 1 or 2 practices a week as well, and occasionally she has power skating after school on Thursdays (I take her to that).
Both Kailey and Dylan have homework every night – Kailey has about 1-1/2 hours and Dylan has about 15-30 minutes a night.
I’m exhausted just typing this. I certainly have noticed that my grandchildren are often very tired and its not surprising with this kind of schedule. Does this seem excessive to you? I know the kids love their ringette and hockey, and the chance to go to a Bieber concert would never be passed up no matter how tired she was!
I think its wonderful that my grandchildren are playing team sports which have resulted in wonderful friendships and they have learned the importance of working as a team. I’ve asked them if its too much for them – all this extra curricular stuff – and they tell me its not, they love it, although Kailey does admit on occasion to being tired and not feeling like going to ringette practice. I think this is normal – don’t we all do that on occasion.
I’m thankful that now that I’m retired I can help my daughter and son-in-law on occasion by taking one of the kids to an activity, or picking them up at the school bus, or taking Kailey to get her glasses fixed (she ran into a tree – no one was hurt!). They certainly are fit kids with all the skating they do – which is a good thing. Most kids don’t get enough physical activity.
I almost forgot to add that all of this activity gives me plenty of opportunity to spend time with my grandchildren, and for me that is the best part! Yesterday Kailey and I had the best time ever – we laughed, we screamed with joy at seeing cast members from Y&R, and we ate good food – what could be better!
I worry about my daughter and son-in-law – they are the ones that have to take the kids to all these activities. However, they seem to handle it well (for the most part) by keeping fit themselves! Good for them!
What do you think?