The Globe has an excellent article on the "millenials" generation, ie people born after 1981. Apparently these kids are so scheduled and cossetted that they lack the most basic life skills, such as "Don't play on the railroad tracks." and "Don't walk across the frozen Charles River." Their parents micromanage their adult lives to the point where they are negotiating salary packages with their kids bosses. ENOUGH!
I've read that GenX (like myself) parents have a totally different parenting style from the Boomers. I can't stand the idea of constantly schlepping my kids to "enriching" activities unless they're totally into something. I'm kind of hoping that Kaylee will want to do horses and that will involve a lot of schlepping. But horses are a true passion, it's not a sport that most kids take up if they don't have strong feelings about it.
We love to do family outings, ie taking the kids somewhere that they'll get lots of exercise and enjoy. But the idea of classes or sports that we have to be at for a certain time makes me very nervous.
although Eric has been making noises about wanting to play soccer! I think I have a couple of years before the dreaded "soccer mom" moniker takes hold.
Minivan... Here I come!!