Advent Daily: Practical Strategies for Empowered Parenting
December 9, 2016
Day 9: Mindful Scheduling
As I write this, my children and I are appreciating the benefits of a SNOW DAY. My daughter and I agreed that it is like a gift day. You aren't at school or work as you should be, so you have a whole day to do things you wouldn't otherwise have been able to do... Like absolutely nothing. Snow days are like Mother Nature's reminder to BREATHE.
In the US, we have cultivated a culture of over-scheduling, and it has trickled down to even the youngest of our children. Play dates, play groups, pee-wee soccer, music lessons....... It is all about being the best and keeping up with the Jones'. But who are the Jones' anyway? Who decided it had to be this way?
I could waste time on the research that points to how we are slowly killing ourselves with our need to "keep up." Or, how over-scheduling of our children contributes to the high levels of depression and suicide rates. Oh, and there is the increase in childhood injuries due to working too hard all year without a break from sports.... But you probably have heard or read this stuff. The question is: Are you listening?
Far more important than listening to the the research and statistics is whether you are listening to your self? To your children?
Think about your family schedule today. Talk about it over dinner. Are you getting enough sleep? Do you have time to do the things you need to do? Are you enjoying everything you have scheduled your self into? Do you have enough self- nurture time? How about family nurture time? Listening to the real answers to these questions from everyone in the family will help you to make healthier, more meaningful decisions about scheduling.