Once, we ran crazy every afternoon of our lives. I'd spend an afternoon writing out a divide and conquer list. I'd call up Newel at work to see which stops he could make on his way home while I was making others and then we'd rush through homework, whatever we could find for dinner, and fall in bed exhausted.
I can recall one Saturday in particular. We'd all rushed through a breakfast. I'd hurried one child off to orchestra, dropped another at a swim team practice, run to a grab that one from orchestra to hit a play rehearsal, stepped into a competitive basketball game for five minutes .... said hello to Newel and waved at the player .. before heading off to do the rounds of pick-ups.
In a family our size, we were doing the impossible.
That night Newel put a stop to all of that craziness and suggested we cut everything for family centered activities we could work at and have fun with together.
Man o' man, did I have many a sleepless night worrying over my children not "doing" anything.
I'll say ... and I don't say this often ... he was right. ;)
The result after all these years?
We've loved family dinner.
Our grades are better.
The mom isn't crazy.
And the extracurricular activity fund centers around amazing memory building wholesome recreational activities ... for the entire family.
"Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of
faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and
wholesome recreational activities."
--- The Family: A proclamation to the world.
I wholeheartedly believe that. Traditions are what bring a family together. This is ours.