Are Your Kids too Busy to Be Kids?

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 by 3 Comments
Are Your Kids too Busy to Be Kids?

I looked at our schedule the other day and I made an executive decision. For now, our family will not be going to Wednesday night services at our church.

It was a tough decision and I do feel a little guilty over it. The problem is that now that the kids are not homeschooled, they get home at about four o clock. Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays they go to karate, Sundays are church, Wednesdays are church – and that leaves Monday and Friday for homework, relaxing, and just being a kid.

I look at my schedule and I don’t want them to end up with the burn out I so often feel simply from having too much to do. Leaving the house before 7:30, getting home at 4:00, and then getting homework done is a schedule that leaves little time for relaxation.

I worry that my kids are now too busy to be kids.

It seems to be a prevailing problem throughout society. We are all working so hard to have better lives that we have no life at all. I know that I work way too much. I tend to be doing something work oriented six or seven days a week. Let’s not discuss how many hours a day I put in.

You have to wonder if our kids are emulating our busyness.  And if they are, is it something that we want for them?

What are your thoughts? Do kids get enough free time these days?

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Marye Audet

Marye Audet is an author, freelance writer, and editor. As a work at home mom she has a unique perspective that encompasses the overwhelming deadlines and commitments of the professional woman as well as the constantly changing needs of a homeschooling mom with a large family. She is the author of one cook book and the creator of Restless Chipotle Media, a network consisting of two food based blogs, a blog for “women of a certain age”, a video site on Youtube, and upcoming blog on kitchen decor, and downloadable eBooks. Marye also is a freelance writer, editor, and book reviewer.

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  • MomHomeGuide

    I think a lot of kids are over-scheduled these days. Most of my children’s friends have after-school activities most days of the week. It’s nice to have a night or two when the kids can just have some down-time!

  • marye

    Absolutely agree!


    We used to have a “family night” where we took turns letting each kid pick what the family would do for that night. I think my kids are now overscheduled, too, because we stopped doing that and I think I want to add family night back to our lives. :)