Stop Complaining That You're Busy!
[Editor's Note: It's hard (read: busy) to be a family in today's world. Johnny has Tai Kwan Do and soccer and violin and Suzy has ballet and Girl Scouts and softball and the baby has story time and Gymboree and on and on and on. Jen at People I Want to Punch in the Throat wants you to stop complaining that you're busy if you chose to be that busy. What are your thoughts? -Jenna]
OK, so you know those people who complain about how busy they are - but it's not with work or anything really "important"? It's more like, "Oh gawd, I'm sooooo busy, because Eustace and Duncan and Dorset have Tae Kwon Do on Mondays, baseball practice on Tuesdays, violin and cello on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, soccer all day on Saturdays, baseball for the OTHER team they play for Wednesdays, and Kumon on Fridays." My head wants to explode just reading that.
A few years ago, before I had any kids, I was showing a house to my client and on the wall of the kitchen the home owners had a schedule with different colors for each kid. They had four kids and from what I could gather each child participated in 2-3 activities per week and didn't get home from their activities before 9 PM on most nights. These were elementary and middle school aged kids. When did they eat dinner? When did they do their homework? What time did they finally get to bed? When did they have time to play with their Ponies and Legos or ride their bikes?
Right then and there I decided 2 kids max and only one activity per child at a time. Forget them, I couldn't take that kind of schedule!
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