Isn’t it grand to “just be a kid” sometimes? I’m guessing that the majority of my readers are either in the throws of raising busy, active children, or have done so. With all of the scheduled activities our children have with school, extracurricular activities and sports, many children don’t have much time left to “just be kids.” I’m noticing this more and more with all of the sports leagues, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I love organized sports, and think they are very important in the overall development and maturation of children, but recently I’ve witnessed a lot more competition and pressure being placed on children by their parents. Ok, I know, sometimes we as parents need to push our kids into activities, but really, do we need to push them into situations/leagues/teams they aren’t quite ready for, either with their skill sets, or maturity? Do they really need to practice several hours a day for an organized sports team at the age of 10? Are we all really raising professional athletes, or guaranteeing college scholarships by pushing our kids in one direction or another?
I find it very interesting how generations change. When my sisters and I were growing up, we didn’t begin sports until 5th grade. Even then, we spent the majority of our time, when not in school or on the court/field, running around or riding our bikes around town with other kids. We didn’t play sports on Sundays and we spent a lot of time “just being kids”.
Today’s image is a candid of a “kid – just being a kid”. Look at the smile, and then, next time you have a choice in what your kids are going to do for a day – encourage them to “just be a kid” and enjoy life.