Do Your Kids Have Free Time?

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My day off yesterday was fantastic. I made some serious headway on a personal project I've been kicking around. But while the holiday was the catalyst for my progress, I've spent time on this project regularly for the past couple of weeks. My momentum has been building.

This drive to be productive in my free time isn't new. Granted, I've spent my fair share of time watching movies, playing computer games and hanging out with friends--often doing one of the former with the latter <smile>.

Still, much of my free time is dedicated to creating. Many hours of my childhood were soaked up writing stories and poetry, recording music and audio dramas, shooting movies, fiddling with computer games/code, or taking apart the electronics my parents had deemed beyond repair.

I'm only "bored" when I'm too fried to do something creative, or when I find my efforts are blocked (for example: when I wanted to light a box on fire but my mom didn't think I should).

One of the great things about homeschooling is all the time it frees up for students. Since we don't have to sit at a desk for a prescribed number of hours each day, our free time need not be filled with lethargy. Instead, chunks of the day become opportunities to hone skills and produce things that help others. We don't have to be bored because we still have the emotional and mental energy we need to engage in an interest.


What do your children do with their free time? Are they frequently bored? If so, there are plenty of Electives that may spark their interest...

How about you? Are you able to find time in your busy day? Do you have the energy to pursue hobbies? If so, what are they?

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester

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