Erin Spatz: After school activities

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013

So it seems that my kids may not be in enough after school activities

Every new sports season I offer to sign the kids up. More often than not, they respond with a no.
They each have played sports or taken some sort of music lessons, and seemed to enjoy them.
And, I would not be so worried if it was just one kid who seemed uninterested but it's all of them.
Eric played college soccer and set records for track. Isn't there something in their DNA that makes them want to be in every sport every season?

Exactly how am I supposed to achieve the coveted role of soccer mom if no one is playing?
I have actually racked my brain trying to come up with after school activities, but to no avail.
How am I supposed to hold my breath waiting to hear who the coach is and then breathe a sigh of relief or disdain at who it is, if they have no coach? I think the kids may be robbing my of my motherhood dream, but I am not 100 percent sure.

I know lots of Moms are trucking their kids to an after school activity every day, sometimes more than one thing.
And, since I am a mom it's only logical that I worry that my kids are not busy enough.
They clearly will not turn out to be well-rounded kids and maybe won't get into college.

Eric, aka the voice of reason says that we should offer the kids opportunities but not make them do anything. He is probably right ...

I don't really want to spend the majority of my time driving from one kid thing to another every day.
And I certainly don't want to parent our kids in the van.

The pace of our lives is certainly busy enough but what if one of the after school activities is supposed to be their life's calling but they turned it down? Oh, mercy...

So far the kids seem okay, but it might be too early to tell for sure.

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