As I have done in the past, I was prepared to put up a "no blog post today- home with a sick kid" update on my social media, but then I realized that the reasons why were actually worth talking about it. Again, this post will probably be short, but I want to share some thoughts with you.
Many of you know that we are a baseball family. Both boys play, my husband is a coach as well as heavily involved with the league at an organizational level, and I bounce between mom/coach's wife/helper/parent educator of how baseball works. We love it, but it does take up a lot of our time and energy. Baseball is what my family does together well.
An already busy week that got some rain make-ups added from last week has left us with a really crazy schedule. My boys played both Saturday and Sunday, and have games scheduled Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday this week. The good news is that none of the games are on their practice nights and they will get to have practice. The bad news is that none of their games are on their practice nights and we have baseball every night this week except tonight.
This weekend my oldest son "left it all on the field". They won Saturday 10-1 and Sunday 22-2 (seriously), and I am so proud of him. A sudden warm-up, long days, exhaustion, and dehydration left him vomiting last night before he crashed on the couch at about 7:30pm. No, he's not "sick" with something like the flu, but I am keeping him home from school today. He needs to rest and rehydrate if he is going to be an active participant in his classroom for the rest of the week. As I told his teachers this morning in an email, I would rather take today and have him ready for them then all of us have a zombie to deal with for the next 5 days. Both of them have responded with "take care of him", and I appreciate that.
Our children need rest. This article isn't about whether or not our children are over-scheduled or not these days. My boys are playing one sport right now and it's not even a travel team. Scheduling anomalies plus rain make-ups sometimes make for a crazy few days for anyone's schedule, whether it's baseball, Boy Scouts, or planting trees with an environmental club. All of us, including our children, have times of being exhausted and dehydrated and burned out.
It is our job as parents to keep an eye on it.
Some days it means bring more water than you think you need.
Some days it means finding shade.
Some days it means taking a break, and acknowledging that it will actually make everyone more productive.
Some days it means taking a day off.
Some days it means admitting you need a breather, and that doesn't make you or them weak. Knowing that actually makes you strong.
Don't forget to rest this week.
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