“Children need free, unstructured time. They need time to do ‘nothing’; time to do handstands. Or figure out a way to get the ice-cream truck to continue straight down the block without always turning at the corner. Or to make a good ice-cream truck plan while practicing handstands. ” ~ Kim John Payne.
Simple living and un-scheduling your kids lives
Last Summer, my younger kids and I packed a lunch and spent most of our afternoons at a neighbourhood park. They were 4 and 7 at the time and they were content to spend several hours riding their bikes and scooters and playing on the park equipment.
They didn’t complain or tire of the ritual. In fact, they woke up everyday asking if we could go to the park again, please. I honestly couldn’t believe it was that easy to keep them content.
For a treat, we sometimes walked 20 minutes to enjoy some frozen yogurt. That was a busy day.
We had an amazing Summer. And you know what else?
I got to read at least a dozen books on my wish list. It wasn’t always like this.
I used to spend hours planning day trips and scheduling activities for the Summer break so my kids wouldn’t get bored. After all, 10 weeks is a long time.
How else would we survive?