These days we stay crazy busy, because Crazy needs to be busy. If you haven't picked up on what I mean by Crazy, I actually mean Royal. Before Judgement gets the best of you, let me explain.
Royal NEEDS to be busy ALL the time. Because if he isn't he gets crazy. And when he gets crazy we all feel CRAZY!!! So "keeping crazy busy" keeps the crazies away.
What "Crazy" looks like: talking, teasing, lying, stealing, eating, poking, kicking, spinning, fighting, pacing, boring, breaking, whining, crying, complaining.
What "Busy" looks like: focused, happy, laughing, bragging, running, sweating, smiling, success, occupied, confident, loving, joyful, smart.
See the difference?
|It's irrational how much this kid loves treats!|
|Brag, brag, brag, brag... But he should! He's an incredible soccer player!!|
My boy doesn't find freedom in free time and for him boredom does not lead to imaginative play. While he is incredibly intelligent, charming, funny, and talented, these characteristics only come out when he's in a highly structured environment.
I'm so glad to have finally figured this out, gotten over feeling guilty that I can't "make him relaxed" (or whatever I thought I was doing) and signed him up for School, Karate, and Soccer (after school activities are everyday but Tuesday, and that day we invite friends over). He loves them all and feels successful in those places.
God bless him. He needs to be busy.
*I still think most kids need that stuff- but there's always an exception!