In today’s fast-paced, over-scheduled world, I’m doing what I can to give my kids their childhood. It’s easy to get swept up in the pressure to do everything and be everything—and that goes for kids as well as parents.
Most of the pressure starts out with good intentions, or at least with the vibe of helpfulness. Questions from family members and other moms about when I’m enrolling my 3-year-old in preschool. Blogs and Pinterest boards filled with activities to fill every minute of the day. Sign-ups for classes and playdates.
When my daughter was a year old, I started to doubt myself and wondered if I was being a lazy mom. I didn’t have our days and activities scheduled out. Heck, most of the time when I tried to do an impromptu project I didn’t even have the “materials from around the house” on hand. Instead, we spent our days with a general routine and lots of play.