If I add one more thing to my calendar I am pretty sure it’s going to explode. Am I the only one who overschedules? I have one child in baseball and the other in theater and dance. While this may not seem like much I really had no idea how much both of these things would require. I sat down this morning to program in all of my son’s baseball games and practices. Then I added my daughter’s theater classes, dance classes, and auditions. After adding those in I added in homeschool park days, field trips, and my personal conferences. I couldn’t help but wonder, am I doing too much?
According to a study from the US National Library of Medicine children involved in sports are less likely to take part in use of drugs, alcohol, and are less likely to attempt suicide. With information like that it seems like a no brainer that the kids should be involved in some of the activities I am quick to add to the calendar. I also look at the different social experiences the kids can enjoy through different field trips and park days and I can’t possibly leave these off the calendar. As I look at the calendar I just don’t see the wiggle room. We are rarely home and our schedule is packed.
So how do we do it homeschool moms? How do we look at a calendar filled with things that are good for our kids and decide which things are best? How do we fill our calendars without overfilling our lives? I won’t tell you I have it all figured out yet. This is definitely a season of adjustment for me. However, I have found a few things that help me decide what to put on the calendar and what to say no to.
Am I doing too much?
When I find myself overwhelmed by the calendar there are a few questions I ask myself to decide if I am doing too much.
- Why am I doing it? – Sometimes things find their way on to my calendar because I feel obligated. Whether that obligation has to do with a past agreement or something I feel like I “should” do these items need to be evaluated. It’s also important that I am saying yes because it’s something we need as a family and not just something I am doing to appease an insecurity.
- Does it fit my why of homeschooling? – As homeschoolers it’s very important to know why we homeschool. I can look at the core reasons I homeschool and decide what needs to be on my calendar and what doesn’t. If it breaks down the moral ground we stand on or distracts my children from learning than it is a no brainer. That item will not be on my calendar.
- What will it benefit? – Sometimes when deciding what goes on the calendar it’s important to check the benefits of adding it. It is important to decide what the benefit of certain activities will be. Yes, you can have your child in baseball, on a travel team, in the batting cages on off days, and in baseball camp on the weekend, but why? What will be the benefit to your child? If you think there are benefits to your child, add it to the calendar but if you are doing it because you feel like you should, don’t do it.
How do you filter what makes it on your calendar?
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