The Power of Downtime

This post is not so much about me and my downtime (which I could use more of), but about my guilt regarding my son’s lack of extracurricular activities.

I kept my son fairly active in preschool. He participated in soccer classes, t-ball, swimming, day camps, etc… Once he started kindergarten, it stopped. My reasoning was that I wanted to see how he would do in school before I signed him up for anything extra. I didn’t want him to be overstimulated and tired.

4 months into school, he’s doing fine and is now back in the swing of things after Winter Break. The first day back, We received a sheet from Afterschool Cornucopia listing several activities for his age range. I asked him in the car if he was interested in any of them and he said decidedly said “No.” I chose not sign him up for anything because I didn’t want to spend $150+ dollar on a class that he wasn’t really going to enjoy (he could have ended up really liking it, but I just didn’t feel like taking the chance).

So now I have the guilt. I don’t have him involved in any weekend activities either, mainly because that is my downtime and I just don’t feel like scurrying about on my days off. I figured that my son will request his own activities soon enough and I can scurry about then, but now I just want to rest while everyone else is taking their kids to soccer.

Now, I’m not a total sloth. We’ll meet friends for play dates, go to the playground (and get my workout in ;)), go for a swim, play countless games of Candyland…but it’s all done in leisure. Yet I still feel guilty.

I feel like I’m putting my needs before his, but I have to remember that he’s still 5 years old and his downtime is important as well. He’ll have plenty of time to pursue his interests, we don’t have to do it all right now.

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2 thoughts on “The Power of Downtime

  1. I feel that same way all the time! There is so much guilt that comes with being a mom! ;-( You sound like you are a great mother and I wouldn’t feel guilty at all. It is so hard….I always feel like there is more I can do for my kids or that I’m not doing enough. In fact, I’ve felt guilty lately because I’m not signing my 3 year old up for preschool. I just don’t want to spend the $$ on it. It’s so tough….good luck!

    • Thanks! We do our best, but sometimes that doesn’t feel like it’s enough. We just have to keep reminding ourselves that we’re human and the our kids aren’t complaining. They have food to eat and a comfy bed to sleep on. 🙂

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