life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful

A different way to make decisions about extra-curriculars

Extra-curricular activities add lots of fun and richness to a child's life. The number of possible pastimes for kids continues to grow with each and every school year, even in our smallish community in rural Minnesota. Activities are a wonderful way for kids to learn and grow, to experience new things, and to find out what they enjoy. But if we're not careful, our calendars can fill up really quickly, and all those activities can make it difficult to carve out time for family fun, relaxation, meals together, and just living life together at home. We didn't realize this at first. When our oldest two children were in their early elementary years, they excitedly showed us every flyer that came