Hello, dear Parenthackers! I'm back from my Internet vacation, some of which was spent on an adventure in Alaska (a place everyone should try to visit), but most of which was spent turning my full attention to family life.
Summer's now in full swing, with swim lessons, bike riding, and dinner on the front lawn. It's such a relief to leave the school year behind. The more relaxed pace of summer suits me better than the structure of the school year. We still have a definite routine here, but it's nice to have the flexibility of an open schedule.
I've been reading a bit on the blogs about how people structure their summers, and I'm struck by the contrast between our generation (no camps, expected to entertain ourselves, loved the freedom) and our kids' (lots of camps and activities, worries about screen time, etc.). I suspect that the difference is less stark than it appears in print, but I often wonder as parents when and why we became responsible for our children's entertainment. I'm not talking about the fun family activities we do together — I'm talking about the fear of day-to-day, unscheduled, "wasted" time. I spent time reading, riding my bike, and playing with friends, but I ALSO watched a fair amount of TV. It wasn't a problem.
I would never advocate for unlimited TV or screen time — my feeling is that kids need to be active, and too much time in front of a screen is simply too much time sitting still. I just wonder sometimes if we're all making too big a deal out of all this stuff.
I'm glad to be back — it was lovely to read all of your comments. And you? How's your summer?