Skip to main content

Complicated

Maybe I am wrong, but I don't remember life being so complicated when I was in middle school.

Everything is so competitive now.  Maybe it was back then and I just didn't realize it.

Sarah Kate started playing city league softball a couple of weeks ago.   We've been encouraged to get her private batting lessons.
When I was in third grade I started playing softball and I just did it for fun!  No stress at all, as far as I can remember!  I just played.  I wasn't very good, but I liked it! Ha!

Emily started band this year!  Before school started, I got a letter from the school district strongly encouraging "your band student to take instrument lessons."  WHAT?  I bought into it and got Emily private clarinet lessons (which she really enjoys)!
But, what happened to learning as you go?  I never thought about taking private trumpet lessons when I started band.

It seems like most parents are striving for their child to be THE BEST.  I guess that's a good thing, but I think its hard on the family!    I think kids are so over-committed these days!  My girls are longing for an afternoon that we can just be at home.  Our family is just all over the place most every night.

Next year, I'm saying NO to being so busy and YES to quality time as a family.


Comments

Emily said…
Yes to this! We have a 3 year old and one on the way so we aren't there yet. However, just last night my husband and I were having a conversation about this topic. I'm totally with you on it, he doesn't agree with me at all. I just don't like the idea of their lives being booked up and not having a moment of free time. Where we live it's super popular to take everything under the sun, have private lessons, and only eat fast food in the car because no one gets home until 9 at night. It's too much for me.
Tara G. said…
Preach! And, whoa, the pressure when we set boundaries!
Kelly said…
I couldn't agree more and my kiddo is only 3. I've said no to so much this far and I feel like were missing out but I'm trying to cherish the time at home with our family and neighbors.
Maggie said…
Yes! Yes! Yes! My 5 year old is playing baseball this year and there are so many parents that are so afraid to see their kids fail . It's really sad. Of course everyone wants their kids to be the best but at what cost. Is giving up time as a family worth it? Im not convinced it is. But I'm afraid I'm in the minority.
Mary said…
It keeps getting even more complicated and intense as they get older compared to when we were young. My girls are 17 and 21. Even if things are “good” too much of a good thing is bad. In high school we have run into intense pressure for doing majority AP and DE classes etc. Building resumes already in high school that show leadership, volunteering, various clubs, high GPA. I think my first resume was my senior year of college looking for an actual elementary teaching position! I have found it best to swim upstream and say no to the quantity and ground into their hearts and minds God loves them and is sovereign and has a plan for their life. And we can trust Him! Oh, the weight that takes off all our hearts and enables us to say no to all the extreme loading down!
Tracy said…
I couldn't agree more with this! It's just too much sometimes. And it's okay if your kid ISN'T the BEST! Sometimes they'll be the best, other times they won't. And it's okay!
Kim K said…
Exactly!!
Kellie said…
I absolutely agree! Everything is so competitive now. I regularly see kids wearing braces, having surgeries on ligaments and joints etc. because they have injured them playing sports. It is insane the about of pressure kids have on them now. I am with you!
Farm Girl said…
I have two daughters, 15 and 9. My kids aren't going to the Olympics and getting a full ride to Yale. They have cried many tears by not getting the top award or winning a game. Just like I came in second to a job promotion. Second hurts. But I lived to tell about it. They are encouraged to try their best, work hard, stand up for their beliefs and value, find a balance but be realistic. We are NOT perfect! I fail at meeting some expectation I set for myself almost daily. When my kids show empathy to people and situations around them without being forced to do so, I feel like they have won the gold. I think life is about relationships.

Hello, you have a great blog. I'm waiting for my blog

Poems and Lyrics

Şiirler

Güzel sözler
Unknown said…
Keto charge plus vvIt is common knowledge that the best way to lose weight is to make sure you get a healthy dose of daily exercise paired with the perfect diet. It's never a good idea to go without them both, but many people find it a difficult if not impossible to keep up with either. Some people lack the will power required to resist consuming fattening foods. Others just can't seem to find the motivation they need to get up and go to the gym or take a daily jog around the neighbourhood. Worst case scenarios are at a loss for both.
Endy Mist said…
Slimlinic Keto When considering order to change it, she must also have the sense of control and competency required to make the change, but she must also have an audience to support the change.
Unknown said…
Green Vibe Keto activity level in order to lose weight. When reducing your calorie intake, it is essential that you make changes that you are likely to stick to as crash diets may lead to 'yo-yo' dieting. Eating around 300-500 calories less per week will lead to a weight loss of 1-2lbs a week, while it is not much
Endy Mist said…
Keto mode reviews meals as this might cause you to overcompensate later in the day and snack more. Increasing activity
Unknown said…
Provitalize out there that make people think incorrectly about rapid, safe dieting. How many times have you heard, "Losing more than 1 to 2 pounds a week is unsafe." Or "You should never skip breakfast
Endy Mist said…
Keto Infinite Accel you can implement these changes and stick to them. It may also work best if you write your
Alexa said…
Jadilah jutawan mendadak sekarang juga hanya bermain di sentapoker,com. Hanya deposit 15ribu kamu sudah bisa mendapatkan bonus 10ribu dan berkesempatan memenangkan hadiah ratusan juta hingga milliaran Rupiah! Jangan sampai ketinggalan dengan bonus yang akan datang nantinya hanya di sentapoker,com

WHATSAPP : +6285921063064
BBM : SENTA88
LIVE CHAT : SENTAPOKER,COM

AGEN POKER TERPERCAYA
SITUS POKER ONLINE RESMI
Magend Mars said…
creates sense of being tired and not Keto Plus Pro feeling your strength. check out your breathing pattern and feeling when your bored while you are working out and your stress in your shoulders and what is your mind thinking about.

Popular posts from this blog

Something Good to Eat

Ever since Steve and I started dating, when we would go to Mississippi, his aunt would make the BEST ROAST IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!
Steve's Dad's side of the family gets together at his Granny's house for lunch every Sunday after church. The food is always sooo good!!!!!!!!!!!! I have always taken a liking to his Aunt Judy's roast. It really is the best roast I have ever had.
When we were there on Labor Day weekend, my sister in law asked Aunt Judy for the recipe. Aunt Judy began naming all the ingredients. She said Ranch Dressing mix, and I bugged my eyes out and nearly chocked. I HATE RANCH DRESSING. I don't even like to be in the room with it. I had to focus on the word MIX....not the mayo and butter milk and sour cream that you add to it. Just typing those words makes me shudder.
The recipe sounded awful as she rattled off the ingredients, but I promise, you have got to make this if you like a good roast. Trust me on this.

Here it is:

Get a tender chuck pot…

Just a Hodge Podge of Stuff

SK LOVES her long locks!  I recently talked her into getting her hair trimmed a little bit!
 My favorite spot of my house is our breakfast room.
 I'm trying to keep these succulants alive!  They lose a leaf each day!  I haven't figured them out yet!
 We visited Steve's parents during Spring Break and ate at a wonderful little joint called The Second Line in Memphis!  I got fried oysters and cheese grits!