One of The Most Important Things I Give to My Children is Downtime

Right now, I can hear the laughter (and battle cries) of my two older boys as they jump on the trampoline outside. We ordered the extra-large one with a net surrounding it when it became obvious that they needed a way to release all that endless energy. I know a lot of parents put their boys into sports for this reason, but my sons are not very competitive by nature and have never enjoyed team sports. I’m fine with that; they have other interests. I support developing their interests and talents whenever possible, but I find value in something that kids seem to be getting less and less of: downtime.

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