Activity overload?

2 Feb

We’ve done it. We’ve signed the turtle up for swimming lessons. Part of me is delighted. He NEEDS to learn how to swim. He’s attracted to water like a fly to sh*t. Also, I would like for him and the hubby to have time together, without me. I interfere. I can’t help it. I just do. So I need to not be there. And they need to not be here, otherwise the TV will be on. So they’re going swimming. On Saturdays.

I’m conflicted though. I’m afraid I’ll be one of those mothers. Ferrying him around from activity to activity. Day in, day out. Chauffeuring, rather than parenting. He’s 18months old. And we go to ‘Creative Playtime for Babies’, and now swimming. We’re due to start ‘MOPs’ on Friday, but that’s more for me than him. We’ve signed up for ‘Toddler time’ at the library. And I want to bring him to ‘Funnastics’ because it sounds like FUN!

Is it too much?

How much is too much?

Is he going to have a breakdown before he gets to preschool?

I’m pretty sure my mother didn’t have these dilemmas. If there were activities like these for small children then, she didn’t have the money to bring us. I did go to ‘playschool’ a few mornings a week though. As well, all of the children in our neighbourhood were around the same age so we didn’t have to go anywhere for ‘socialisation’. I wonder if socialisation was one of the buzz words in parenting in the late 1970s and early 80s?

I think if we were near family, or indeed friends, I wouldn’t feel the need to go to these activity yokes. It’s me who needs the socialisation.


2 Responses to “Activity overload?”

  1. 5kidswdisabilities February 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    These activities sound like real fun…there’s nothing wrong with a little socializing, for you AND your son!
    Lindsey Petersen

    • turtleturtleturtle February 3, 2010 at 11:25 am #

      Thank you Lindsey.
      Worrying about daft things has been my forte recently.

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