Like every other parent that I know around here, we have had a swim or dive meet every night this week. Add to that, the morning practices and we basically live at the pool. Having not grown up in this culture of "Your life revolves around the pool during the summer", I am a little mystified and exhausted. I would just not bother, but it leaves my kids with no other children to play with. All the other kids are doing the same thing! And I am not kidding! I only know of 3 children NOT on a summer swim team. And honestly for a set daily schedule in the summer and a way to make sure the kids are getting exercise, the price is great. at least it basically sucks up July and leaves August alone. So normally August is very relaxing. (Unless I am silly enough to sign up the kids for football or cheerleading!- Not on your life! The 6 year olds practice 4 days a week! Seriously? Why does a 6 year old need that much practice?) Thankfully we have friends whose father played football in college and he insists that his boys not play until 6th grade. Thank you Lord for leading them into my life. I am so grateful that I can have the same rule and "prove" that you can still play football in college if you start 6 years later! I am so grateful for other parents advice and council. It is things like this that make it easier for me to be a parent. Who said you can't use peer pressure against your kids? Probably the best thing you can do is band together.
***Don't know why this didn't get posted months ago-but this is from July 15th, but posted November 19 2010
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