Sunday, April 10, 2011

Teens and "Unscheduled Time"

OK~ I'm just a Mom making a casual observation. It seems to me that we, as a society, have programmed our kids to be "BUSY" 24/7! So, once a kid/teen has free time...Do they really know how to manage that time? In Pre-School, our kids are enrolled in t-ball, basketball, library programs, Sunday School....and they list continues to grow. Then there is Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, church youth group, band, choir.....and it grows and grows.

Many times during the teen years, teens simply become burned out. Yep, our kids can be programmed to the max! I've noticed through our local newspaper and media that many of our local teens tend to get into trouble when they have unscheduled time. We all make poor decisions in life and we do learn from them, as that is what makes us better people. Just another one of God's little reminders that life is about choices.

What happened to going to a movie during some "down time?" Well, I see the problem in our community as being the cost and the fact that our local movie theater is not open on a daily basis during the day. I know I would like to think that my boys will not be the kids doing "that!" When in all honesty, I realize that they probably will be the ones doing "that!" We as adults have a huge task in front of us. We need to show our teens the productive things they can be doing during that "down" time.

If teens see parents relaxing a little bit and enjoying life~ these habits might just rub off on our teens! Down time...I know this Mom is making a conscientious effort to guide her boys through the "unscheduled"  times in their lives. It's taken this Mom a few years to say the occasional word, "NO!" But, she has gotten much better at it...She picks and chooses what is important to her family. By mixing the things we enjoy in life, with the things our boys enjoy~ life is OK. But, you know what, you give a teen and inch and they will take a MILE!  I've seen this time and time again. Be involved~ know where your kids are ~ know the parents of your kids' friends, and the list goes on and on and on and on......

So, how does your family calendar look? If you can't distinguish today from tomorrow~ ahhhhh....kick back, sigh, and really look at how you can make a difference! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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