Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Activity, creativity, downtime

I’m a fan of formulas, so I liked this one, by the author of Simplicity Parenting: “Payne's prescription for summer — and the rest of the year — is this: One-third of a child's life should be busy; one-third, creative time; and one-third, downtime.”

Since our little one is still in bed for about 14 hours per day, there are 3.3 hours left for each. At this point, we are in no pre-scheduled activities, though I try to attend as many free events, festivals and library programs as possible. I think we’ll be fine with the busy and the downtime in the near term. I could use some help with the creative though and find it tempting to send him to a lesson or activity to get exposure to creative things.

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