My kids have been beasts the last few months. Both are playing soccer and the boy child is doing a fall developmental baseball season. They have rocked it with little to no complaints about all the practices and games. All the practices y'all. Almost every night of the week. The nights they don't practice are church nights or when they have day games. I'm tired. They're tired. Hubby is tired. The granparents are tired.
But we can see the light at the end of the tunnel! These seasons will wrap up soon. Both kids have already had offers to start up other sports or extracurricular activities. While I generally love for them both to be involved in 1 extracurricular each, we need a break. They know we need a break. I know we need a break.
Really it won't even be a break because holidays and working and homeschool and church and blogging and yea. This is a good time for a sports break because we are going to be super busy with other life stuff. I'm so glad the kids are at the point (for now) that they realize an off season will be a good thing. They are happy that they might get some downtime.
I have loved watching them play. I always do! And I will be looking forward to baseball in the spring! But I'm very excited that we might get to pop some popcorn and catch a Bears game or spend a little family time just hanging out. I'm also looking forward to finding some (any!!) free space in my calendar.
It's important to be a grown up and know when you and your kids need a break. It isn't always a popular decision, and it can cause a ruckus. The kids might feel like they are missing out on something huge! If you drop something you do for yourself for a break you might feel like you are missing out on something huge! However if you are weary and you know your family is weary and God is calling you to a time of peace then you need to trust in Him and take that off season. It will be good for your soul. It will be good for your kids. And even your sports oriented kids need to give their bodies time to rest and recuperate!
Does your family take breaks from extracurricular activities? Do you find it important to step back and rest some seasons?