A couple of years ago there was a boy on one of my sons’ teams, and he was playing every sport offered that season. Often on Saturdays he’d go straight from the soccer game to his baseball game, and that still left lacrosse to do. He was a reasonably good athlete but his last name wasn’t Manning or Agassi so I couldn’t understand the pressure to practice and play three sports while trying to learn to add and subtract.
Then again, maybe I’m lazy. If each of my boys got to play unlimited sports, my fanny would never leave the minivan except to sit on hard metal bleachers or wash uniforms.
The Voice of Reason says the excess of activity is not limited to boys. The girls have softball, soccer, cheerleading, and she’s been fielding calls nightly from parents wanting her oldest to join yet another team. She’s refused.
Generally I limit the boys to one sport and one instrument per season. This winter, however, we banned winter sports entirely and it’s been the most enjoyable basketball season I never sat through. We didn’t have to attend games late on Friday nights or early on Saturday mornings. We were free to go to Auburn on weekends without coaches telling us where to be and what to do. We were constrained only by the guitar and drum schedules, which have been in place for years now and aren’t affected at the last minute by the weather.
How much is too much? Do people overschedule their children where you live? Are you guilty of doing so? If so, why, and what will it take to stop the madness? Or wait– are we in the minority for doing only a sport and an instrument?
Three years ago in My Tiny Kingdom: You Vamp!