When my oldest kids were little, I felt a lot of pressure to cart them around to various activities, playgroups, and classes. Never mind that some of the classes made me want to run, hyperventilating, for the nearest exit. Never mind that I wasn’t particularly smitten with the other moms in the playgroup. Never mind that I couldn’t really afford all those classes. I saw filling our calendar with constant ‘enrichment’ as my duty as Mom, and never gave too much thought to what I might get out of the whole experience.
No more. Now I’m unabashedly selfish when it comes to choosing activities for my littlest ones. I wrote a guest post for Rookie Moms about my philosophy on activities for very young children. From the post:
“Small children are, for the most part, easy to please. Give them time and space to move their bodies and raise their voices, a play-based activity (organized or not), and another small person to interact with, and they’ll have a ball. They don’t have to engage with a mini-soulmate at every playdate or train with the most renowned musical instructors before they’re out of Pull-Ups.
Someday—sooner than you might think—your kid will be begging you for hockey equipment and karate lessons. You’ll be roped into PTA committees and booster clubs and find yourself working closely with people you might not have otherwise chosen to spend time with.
Until then, exercise your right to be a little selfish.”
Read the whole post over at Rookie Moms. But before you go, tell me: how much do you consider your own needs and wants when setting up your family calendar?