Unscripted time means family time
Most weekends in the Reese house – OK just about ALL weekends in the Reese house – are unscripted, few, if any, plans in the place.
For the Reese children, weekends often mean playing outdoors, reading, catching up on chores, and some family time. The occasional birthday party or extended family gathering comes up, but lately it seems we spend more times without a specific agenda.
Come to think of it, most hours of my kids’ days are “unscripted.”
Sure, they’re at school during the week. But their “extras” – piano, karate and the addition of golf, soccer or chess now and then – take up less than three hours per week.
The rest of time they fill in with homework, sleep, chores, play, family time and reading – not necessarily in that order.
This past weekend, you would have found us lounging together watching a movie (my oldest was sick one day and crashed out on the couch) one day and outside at the park most of the next after church. On our holiday, the kids and I met up with a friend for breakfast then went to a city park to enjoy the Arizona sunshine.
After that? We hit our neighborhood park for several hours.
Only one child – my eldest daughter – participates in a team sport that takes up time on Saturdays, and that season only lasts eight weeks a year. The kids’ other sports are just weekly lessons, and I try to limit them to one at a time.
Summer means more “extras” like swim or dive team, but there’s no school. And last year, they were rarely at camp since their older cousins watched them – giving them more unscripted time.
I recently wrote about juggling their schedule because we’d added piano and golf. But we’d also finished soccer season and haven’t returned to chess. I realize now, a few weeks into it, our schedule didn’t get busier. We just shifted where and when we had to be places.
Truth is, for us, there is “no place like home.”