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June 22, 2008

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callieandbatido

I agree, every day can't and shouldn't be Disneyland. Do we have to high of expecations for ourselves and to few of our kids?

LarkLady

Where did all these high expectations come from, I wonder? How did they creep into our lives and take over? And how can we help swing the pendulum back to a more sane center ground??

How much of our current mindset is tied up with our heavily scheduled lives in general and specifically for our children? I remember long summers with not a lot of things planned in advance to do... we met up with other kids on the block or not; we played tag or other games and didn't rely on adults to schedule play dates.

Those days are long gone, at least where I live. The expectation is that days will be pre-planned -- filled with soccer and softball and dance and whatever -- and when left to their own devices for a few hours, my kids often whine "I'm bored." I'm learning to say, find a friend, find a book, or pick a job out of the Job Jar!

tracysue

LOVE the "pick a job out of the job jar" idea in response to "I'm bored". I am going to try it!

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