I am having what I define - Enrichment Fatique.
All that running around for the after school classes has left me feeling rather ill last week. So much so that I had to call off their swimming lessons on Sunday because we *just* needed that morning to sleep and do nothing.
3 kids is work. No kidding.
3 school going kids is just more work.
Whilst I love that the kids have a varied exposure to different aspects of life in their childhood, I must admit that being the sole parent who ferries, follows up on school work + enrichment work, reading, cooking and discipling for every weekday. Each day runs a pretty packed schedule from the time the alarm clocks rings.
Just tonight, the husband and I had a disagreement on whether the boy should sit for his violin grading exam. After noticing that I am having a hard time with his practice sessions at home and his reluctance to keep refining his pieces, it was clear that he wasn't having a great time with his lessons.
However, with a month to go, and all the scales and pieces learnt, I find that it's a shame to just call it a day. The husband, on the other hand, thinks that it's just too much pressure for the boy to cope.
I'd mentioned that kids need to learn the value of hard work. Not everything in life is fun or easy. The reason he has been scoring pretty well in school, is because I have been working really hard with him in his studies. Surely the gratification of getting perfect scores doesn't come from being fun or smart, it's consistent work at home and in school.
Needless to say, we agree to disagree.
I don't think parenting gets any easier as the kids get older. Every stage of our children's life presents different propositions.
I'm not the kind of mother that worries what the future brings. I'm more concerned about what my kids can bring to their future. It's all about the right attitude to coping with the different things in life.
In my books, it's never about perfect scoring. It's about the earnestness to want to be better. And to be kind and helpful in society and family.
My take is work hard and work smart. Nothing comes easy without putting in the effort. Also, be street smart. What's the point of being academic but yet not cope in a social environment.
Thankfully, the kids never had an issue socializing with new crowds and they love making new friends.
All I need to do is to balance the scales of play, work and free time for these kids and me.
So, my prayer tonight is just simply for the Lord to give me strength and a whole ton of patience to be a better momma for another day.