Shouldn’t we be doing something?
There are only X number of weekends until your kids are grown up, where X = a number way smaller than we care to believe… they’re getting so big, so fast.
We have a school day off for Veteran’s Day… shouldn’t it be packed with a special breakfast, a trip to the trampoline park, a picnic lunch in our favorite park, family game time in the afternoon, then finish it off with a special dinner and then watching Dad coach a soccer game.
But… that sounds absolutely exhausting.
And my kids like having down time.
We do have days when we do pretty special things, whether it’s smaller things nearby or big trips, where my boys get to do things I never did as a kid.
And they talk about those moments and like to flip back through the pictures (or okay, scroll through the pictures if I haven’t printed them out yet).
But, they’re also easy to please, not feeling like they’re being let down if we don’t make every day into a special event.
So, they aren’t making me feel bad for those slow days. And I won’t even blame social media for making me feel like I need to make every moment count in some big way. Any pressure I feel to do something is all coming from me, from some desire to make sure my kids have a wonderful childhood to look back on.
Though I know there’s not really some magical formula to have that happen. That sometimes the best memories aren’t of the big stuff, but found in a small moment where you truly felt happy and loved, so I’m trying to let go of the thought that we have to always be on the go.
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