I was looking at our calendar this morning after signing Noah up for yet another "class" and wondered this: when is it too much? He's only 19 months old and already his weekly schedule is packed with playgroups, music classes (twice a week no less), an open gym at the park district, and playdates with friends when we can fit them in. I've been contemplating a toddler soccer class that is on Saturdays so he has an activity to do with Tim. Most of these classes are 8-12 weeks but when one ends I've got another ready to fill it's slot.
At playgroup (which I do love) we all talk about the classes, the instructors, where the next best class is (art for toddlers! for the low, low price of $200 for 8 weeks! um, no, just no). When one session of classes starts, we're already discussing the next session 8 weeks from then. It's pretty ridiculous, agreed? If it's this bad now, what will it look like in two, five, ten years? How does one stop the madness? I was reading a post/article the other day (forgive me, I have NO idea where it was from to link it) about hyper-scheduled kids and how they've lost the ability to play independently and imaginatively because they don't have the time to practice those skills. Well, huh. At first I thought they could really only be referring to older kids who are trying to fit soccer in with choir practice in with boy scouts in with youth groups, not to mention that silly thing called school. Then I took a look at OUR calendar and felt a wee bit sheepish.
Come May we'll be finished with classes. I don't think we'll be signing up for anything else. It IS summer after all and with summer comes parks and walks and the lakefront. Oh wait...there is a pretty great pool not too far from here...I wonder if they offer swim lessons...KIDDING. We already did those...last spring.