Are you OK with Sunday activities for kids?

A friend recently asked on Facebook if anyone else had noticed a trend of kids’ activities being moved to Sundays.

We in fact have had two groups move many, if not all, of their meetings from weeknights to Sunday afternoons in the last two months.  Girls Scouts has moved entirely to Sunday afternoons. (The leader asked if it was OK and everyone said yes.) And Boy Scouts is still meeting some during their week but also some on Sundays as well. (They also asked if it was OK.)

I wouldn’t participate in any activity on Sunday that was during church hours in the morning.  I don’t mind the Sunday afternoon meetings too much. Since my husband is almost always home on Sundays I don’t have to drag all three children to the meetings. Also on Sundays he can help take their kids to the activities.

I hate having to rush through homework and dinner to do weeknight activities. So it has simplified our weeknights some.

My only objection is that sometimes it would be nice just to come from church and not have to go anywhere.

Do you see a trend toward Sunday games, meeting and activities for kids? If so, what do you think is spurring this trend?

How do you feel about Sunday activities? Does it make life simpler or cut into your weekends? Are you willing to meet on Sunday mornings? Would you mind Sunday afternoons?

189 comments Add your comment

Jane

February 16th, 2010
7:15 am

As long as it’s after 1:00 (so we can get home from church), I’m fine with it. It does make the week less stressful. However, many people still go to Sunday evening church which usually starts at 6:00. Alot of these activities run into that, so I’m sure that’s a problem for some folks.

Kate

February 16th, 2010
7:25 am

My children are too young for the types of activities mentioned, but I am okay with a meeting for myself or husband Sunday afternoon. No way Sunday AM. We go to a small church and Sun AM is the only option. Sun evening is not great but we would go along with that too. My dream would be for most places to shut down 1 day per week, Sunday I suppose, to give everyone a break from the world and time for family and friends. But I understand in this culture, and economy it would never happen. People love the 24\7 convenience and we have built an economy that needs a every minute of the day to earn money.

Jeff

February 16th, 2010
7:30 am

Side bar, I don’t remember who asked about taking my daughter to V-day lunch, but thank you. It was very sweet of you to ask and we had as much fun as possible in 2 hours. You never know what a child will remember as an important event in their life and seems that it won’t be what you remember.

Jeff

February 16th, 2010
7:33 am

Theresa, I’m glad you brought up this topic. My ex has scheduled Sunday afternoon meetings with a group from school and I thought it was a callous effort to cut in to my visitation time (no offer to make that time up anywhere-else, but that’s a different topic). Since it’s happening elsewhere, that eases the poke in the eye factor.

Generally, I’m OK with activities being moved to Sunday’s for 2 reasons. The weekdays are so crammed (as you said), and Sunday afternoons are generally lazy anyway, so being active is good.

As far as the visitation conflict, a little cooperation could solve that, but then again, we may be asking for cooperation from soomeone with a history of refusing to cooperate.

ABC

February 16th, 2010
7:42 am

Not everyone goes to church, and certainly in an area as diverse as Atlanta there are people of many different faiths who have their own days of the week for worship or reflection. So I personally have no problems with Sunday activities. I know I’m in the minority, but I don’t think going to church or a service of any sort makes you any better of a person or any more religious or spiritual than anyone else, so what’s the big deal of having to skip once in a while so you can attend something else worthwhile, like the ones mentioned here?

motherjanegoose

February 16th, 2010
7:42 am

It is nice to know that there are still some families who commit to going to church on Sunday or even Saturday night. I fear their numbers are dwindling. While there are many choices on where to attend church, there are those who do not find it important today. To me, this is why we are having so many problems in families and our country.

None of us are perfect but when we are reminded of morals, this helps us remember what is right and what we need to do. Some may say attending church is a waste of time or ever tied to things that are no longer relevant. I see a lot of evil in the world and think that it is perhaps multiplying as those who attend church are diminishing.

We are looking for a good used car for our daughter and both she and my husband have wasted a lot of time traveling to see cars that are IN GOOD CONDITION, NEVER BEEN IN A WRECK, SOLD BY OWNER…when in fact none of the above are true. She told me yesterday,
“why can’t people just tell the truth….” A sad but true observation in our world and it does continue to give a bad name to a car salesman. Anyone have a good car thy are selling….LOL.

I am not opposed to Sunday activities but do appreciate a relaxed afternoon. I will be spending many of the next few Sunday in airports across the country and appreciate TODAY, when I can simply stay home,

I spent the day at UGA with my daughter yesterday…her day is coming all too soon…whew! We met one freshman student from Cherokee who has been home twice this year ( including Christmas). Imagine it….sounds like my son but my daughter will at least come home to see her
dog :).

motherjanegoose

February 16th, 2010
7:45 am

@ jeff…good for you in your Valentine’s lunch. We had a pastor who once said,

“You will have bad days with your children but it is your job to make memorable good days. Hopefully, they will outweigh the bad ones and they will remember the good days you had together.”

Sounds like you are heading in that direction! KUDOS

JATL

February 16th, 2010
7:45 am

I don’t have a problem with it, but I am a fan of not scheduling your kids too much overall. Sunday afternoon stuff is ok, but truth be told I would rather it be some other time. I enjoy Sunday being a lazy, unfilled day where we may plan to go to church and then do something or just stay at home and make pancakes and watch movies. I believe our lives have gotten so hectic and overplanned that we all need a day where we just chill out!

Be Nice

February 16th, 2010
7:46 am

You don’t have to attend church or even belong to a religious group to have morals and ethics, @motherjanegoose. That is a simple concept that many people just don’t get. You can be agnostic or even an atheist and yet show compassion, caring and altruism toward your fellow human being.

first time poster

February 16th, 2010
7:51 am

It seems to me that you have to make a choice as to what is more important to you, the activity or the family time.

Personally, I don’t think whether you attend religious services or not makes you a good or bad person. I’ve seen religion both positively and negatively affect people in my life, but it comes down to the choices the individual made, not what religious services they went to or not.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 16th, 2010
7:54 am

Jeff — I agree with you — you never know what they will recall — I’m sure she will remember that special time and that effort — We have several divorces in the groups — our GS meetings are every other week so one of the moms has made sure it’s on her day. at least for our group we would welcome a dad if it was his day — we would appreciate him making the effort to get the child there — I don’t think our GS group would have any problem with dad participating too. Maybe your child’s activity would the same — maybe it could be something for you guys to do together instead of just a time suck.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 16th, 2010
7:57 am

It is definitely a change for the South — growing up here no one would have ever put something on Sundays or for that matter Wednesday nights — the big local sports league has no practices or games that I know of on Wednesday nights because that’s church night. Our church is outgrown its space and was having to do classes on Tues, Wed. and Thurs and it was a huge debate because that was cutting into people’s activities on Tues and Thurs — The wed folks were A-Ok because the clubs already respect that as protestant church night.

Jane

February 16th, 2010
8:06 am

ABC – first of all, nobody who posted before you claimed that they were better just because they went to church, so please lose the attitude. Secondly, you said “what’s the big deal of having to skip once in a while so you can attend something else worthwhile.” If a weekly event is scheduled on a Sunday morning, then we’re not talking about skipping church “once in a while” – we’re talking about missing it totally. “Weekly” means each week, not occasionally.

I’m fine with things “once in a while”, but if one of my son’s activities wanted to meet every Sunday morning, then yes – there would be a problem because his religious upbringing is more important to us than another activity.

motherjanegoose

February 16th, 2010
8:08 am

@ be nice, you are correct. Wonder if both folks in yesterday’s blog attend church? It would be interesting to see a correlation. How many of those who are in prison where regular church attenders? Anyone?

I find that I tend to absorb habits, language and behaviors of those who I hang out with. When I am around people who church going, I see more morals and ethics than in the general public.
Maybe I am the only one in this camp and everyone else on this blog lives in an arena of those who have the utmost moral integrity, yet never attend church. It certainly could be true…readers?

I absolutely agree that going to church does not make you a better person, especially if you are not listening to anything ( while in church) or interacting with any other folks who attend.

I also agree that those who attend church are not always of the highest morals. There are days I am mean as a snake and I typically go to church…we make mistakes ( going to church reminds me to get in line).

I find myself emulating those I hang around with, both in thoughts and behaviors, This is perhaps obvious in my opinions about education as I am immersed in that arena nearly every day. My friends who attend church, keep me grounded and remind me of what is important in my life. Maybe it is just me! Kind of like if you hang out with someone who is thrifty, you may become thrifty or if you hang out with someone who cusses like a sailor, your vocabulary could change too!

Off the wall question…does anyone think a president could get elected in the USA ( in today’s world) who is a proclaimed atheist? Just wondering.

ZachsMom

February 16th, 2010
8:15 am

Not everyone has Sundays off have lazy afternoons. Like Kate said, we live in a 24/7 world. My biggest complaint is actually with my church. They think that everyone (women-moms) is either retired, wealthy or a stay at home mom. Pancake supper tonight is at 5pm. Church tomorrow night is at 6pm. I don’t even get off work until 530 on a good day. By the time you pick up the kids and get home to change clothes and could even get to church its 630.

This also ties in with yesterdays topic. If your child is only home 2 weekends a month, will that activity work with you? What if it starts in the afternoon and they are not due back until 6pm? Do you ask the child to choose between time with one parent or an outside activity they want to do?

Who knew that life would always be so complicated????

motherjanegoose

February 16th, 2010
8:23 am

@ ZachsMom…I am laughing, as my church staff thinks that you should absolutely be there most every time the door is open. Our Pastor ( I believe) really thinks everyone should be in church for the Sunday services. Well, I appreciate the firefighters/police who are on call and not at church. I am also thinking the restaurant workers do not run out of service at noon, so they can be there to whip something up quick before everyone else ( from church) shows up at 12:30. Or even the hospital workers who ( gasp) are working and not in church. This is so silly, to me.

Yes, our world is not the same as it used to be. In fact, I remember as a little girl when different churches were on the four corners of the main street and after church everyone would stand outside and visit with each other for a long time. Not so much anymore.

I am off but need to get some things done today too…hugs to everyone!

Be Nice

February 16th, 2010
8:26 am

@motherjanegoose, you bring up a very interesting question about whether someone who is an atheist could be elected President of the U.S. Unfortunately, I think the answer today is still “no,” but I would hope that one day people might be able to look past religion and simply see the candidate and his or her record. I think we made huge progress by electing Obama. Yes, he is a Christian and has been his entire life (sorry birthers and other conspiracy theorists), but his father was a Muslim and he did live in Indonedia, a predominantly Muslim nation.
I don’t think given his background (both ethnicity and religious), he could have been elected to the presidency even 20 years ago, so I would say we’ve come a long way!

JJ

February 16th, 2010
8:27 am

I don’t go to church so Sundays are wide open for me. Although I don’t have a kid at home full time anymore, I still use Sundays to relax and prepare for the upcoming week. I do my grocery shopping, plan my weekly menus, do the laundry and just putter around the house.

Pretty soon I’ll be able to get out and start preparing the yard for this year’s garden. Putting in a salad garden and an herb garden this year. My Irises have already started coming up…..

ABC

February 16th, 2010
8:29 am

@Jane, relax. I was merely saying that in today’s diverse world, church is not the be all and end all of everyone’s existence. People have to make their own choices. Theresa said she would not sign up for anything that met Sunday mornings, and that is certainly her right. But since not everyone goes to church, I don’t think groups (sports or anything else) need to necessarily shy away from scheduling things on Sundays just because they are worried about the church-going crowd.

Becky

February 16th, 2010
8:30 am

@Jeff..That was me that wanted to know about the dance with your daughter..I am so glad to hear that she was able to go and that y’all had such a good time..I had my 2 grandchildren for Valentines and it was so nice to hear him say “Nanny, you always give me the best Valentines Day”..

@ABC..I loved your post and you are so right..There are so many different faiths in and around Atlanta, that some might not be in church Sun. morning..I will say though, since I’ve started attending church on a regular basis, I do feel much better about myself..

I had an uncle that could quote you verse for verse the bible and was in church every Sun. morning..This was after he had been out drinking Fri. and Sat. nights..He ran around on his wife the entire time that they were married, so your right, going to church does not make you a better person..I guess that each person just has to choose what is right for them..

cld

February 16th, 2010
8:39 am

My husband’s grandmother (passed away a couple years ago) used to expect her family to gather at her house every Sunday after church. They were expected to stay until it was time to leave for Sunday evening church (they did not all attend the same church, but were all the same denomination). As her grandchildren grew into teenagers and had schedules of their own, the family gradually started loosening those expectations – it became every other week, or only for a few hours. As the grandchildren became adults with careers and spouses and in-laws of their own, it became a monthly activity, but there still was an underlying tone that it wasn’t often enough. She meant well and loved her family dearly, but times really have changed in the last 40 years. Our 24/7 world just won’t accommodate those things anymore, at least not for such large groups. I give this anecdote because it was a really big deal when the younger grandchildren started having Sunday afternoon schedule conflicts like ball games and homework.

5!!!

February 16th, 2010
8:44 am

We had a baseball league that had games on Sundays. It really was the best time for us.

In the spring and summer, weekday activities are ok, but in the winter, it doesn’t work.

Its dark by the time I get home.

“Can’t see when I go to work, can’t see when I get off,
How do you expect a man not to get lost,
Every year I keep working I get deeper in debt,
If there’s a happy day Lord, I haven’t seen it yet”

Photius

February 16th, 2010
8:48 am

What ever happened to just letting your child play in the backyard alone, staring at the clouds or playing with a stick? Whatever happened to allowing your child to actually get bored? Kids today are over structured on mindless activitities. You really want to help your kids? Leave them alone!

ABC

February 16th, 2010
8:52 am

@Becky, that is the point 100%. You choose what works for you and your family and should not have it dictated by anything or anyone else. I remember when I was a kid stores wouldn’t open until noon or later on Sundays (even grocery stores) and many were closed entirely. Today you can find a lot of places open on Sunday mornings, which is a great convenience for people who work long hours during the week or simply have no other time to do their shopping.
So while I totally respect the right of people to attend the house of worship of their choice, when they wish, I am also happy that our society doesn’t revolve around people who go to church and cater only to that schedule of Sunday morning service. I think that is progress and shows we are an enlightened, free thinking society.

Andrea

February 16th, 2010
9:00 am

I would be against scheduling activities on Sundays. We very much enjoy not having anything to do after church on Sundays. I think the kids are already too scheduled, so that would not work for us. If the activity insisted on meetings on Sunday, we would have to really evaluate our commitment to the activity before deciding if we would participate.

Michelle

February 16th, 2010
9:08 am

Personally, I think there should be 1 day that is NOT scheduled. I think Sunday should be kept free to do “whatever” you might want to do as a family (if that works for you). We typically use Sunday as our hanging out day since this is the only day that we all have off together! This is usually the day I do laundry, make sure homework is finished, etc.

MJG-get my e-mail from Theresa. My hubby can help you locate something for your daughter. Just let me know what you are looking for (i.e. year, type, cost range, etc.) and he can help you out!

John

February 16th, 2010
9:14 am

I have a problem with a lot of the scheduling being done on Sunday. Even if the event like a soccer game, for example, is scheduled on Sunday afternoon, you still have to get ready for the event, travel to the event, and squeeze in lunch some time. Therefore, it effectively means a lot of families going to the event can’t attend church on Sunday. In addition, many churches have things like children and youth choirs and Bible studies late Sunday afternoon so even that is a problem for those families. I never had a problem participating in sports, Scouts, school events, etc growing up and neither did my children who now are in their twenties. However, we were able to do all of these things on other days of the week and still have Sunday set aside for church, family and relaxing time. It is easy to avoid Sundays if parents try.

Right-on

February 16th, 2010
9:14 am

Oh yeah Michelle, heaven forbit you post your email on here for MJG, we’re all just longing to send you pointless emails.

lulu

February 16th, 2010
9:14 am

I don’t go to church. For the record, I think that religion tends to be a sick, twisted power sport, and that such strong beliefs in religion with such weak values is exactly what is wrong with the world today. But the fact that I don’t go has nothing to do with my personal beliefs or the values with which I’m raising my son, and I resent the implication (although it’s such a common one from the church-goers) that not attending church is what’s wrong with the world. I’m pretty sure that the prison population on the whole is, perhaps surprisingly, quite the spiritual group, and gang members and drug dealers tend to be pretty religious as well.

That said, as far as the actual topic at hand, I am always surprised at the number of birthday parties, etc. scheduled for Sunday mornings or early afternoon. Seeing as Sunday is the day before Monday, though, I would rather events be scheduled earlier rather than later so everybody has plenty of time to come home and be prepared for the start of the week. I have noticed more weekly activities being scheduled on Sundays – I have no problem with it, but so far I have opted not to sign my son up for any of them since I’d rather keep Sundays as clear, quiet family days. I like having an “at-home” day – but if you’re not too over-scheduled already and Sunday works, I don’t think it’s an issue.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 16th, 2010
9:16 am

Michelle — email me again so I have one at the top of the file — you wouldn’t believe all the crap that goes to that account — i’ve given up even trying to clean it out —- I will forward to mjg -

Becky

February 16th, 2010
9:16 am

@ABC..I also remember when stores weren’t open early on Sun. To this day, I won’t go to a grocery store that is open on Thanksgiving or Christmas.. Like MJG (I think) said, there are some jobs that you expect to have to work Sundays and holidays..I’m sure that is just me, so if I offend anyone, sorry..We are all different and for that I am thankful..Most of my family doesn’t go to church, but they don’t give me grief over us going..Again, what works for me, might not work for you and that is no reason for me not to like you..JJ has said several times that she does not go to church, but (based on this blog) I think she is probably a very nice person..Just because she doesn’t go to church, that doesn’t make me automatically think not to like her..

smh

February 16th, 2010
9:18 am

Our church had a great message on Sunday regarding racing the clock. Our pastor pointed out that since he obviously works Sundays, Thursday is his sabbath or rest day. Point being, commit to one day of rest regardless of the specific day. With that said, our family tries to keep things pretty quiet on Sundays. I personally would not like kids’ activities scheduled on Sundays. I too remember the days when few business were open on Sundays and as a child remember visiting relatives, things like that. I am not convinced that our 24/7 expectation is for the better. Sometimes it is good to slow down. Just my two cents.

TechMom

February 16th, 2010
9:19 am

I dread any scheduled Sunday activities other than church because it really is our only ‘family’ time. Husband is currently working a job that keeps him out of town Mon morning – Fri afternoon. Son plays lots of sports so we’re typically at some kind of sporting event on Saturdays and if we’re lucky maybe dinner with some friends, which really leaves us Sunday for family time and catching up around the house. Of course I dread those school projects that take hours on Sundays too, not just the activities. The problem is that there simply isn’t a lot of time during the week. I pick the boy up after practice… it’s supposed to end by 5:30 but anyone with a kid in sports in MS/HS knows that the coaches think their time is more important than yours so it’s usually 5:45 by the time they’re out of practice and 6 by the time they’re out of the locker room. By the time we get home, he gets a shower and we have dinner, there’s only enough time for that night’s homework… and we have to plan around Tuesday nights since that’s Scout night and we aren’t usually home until 8:45. That being said, I still would not want Scouts moved to Sundays even if it means that Tuesdays are less hectic or my husband could help more. I just value our Sunday afternoons as a time to reset for the upcoming week, get things in order and have a meal & time together.

My son goes to a private school so Wednesdays are still respected. Our church only has youth service on Wednesday nights but since I help lead, I’m there too. His school lets out an hour and fifteen minutes early on Wednesdays so activities can finish earlier and teachers have time throughout the school year for their training, parent-teacher conferences, etc. And even though teachers don’t typically assign homework on Wednesdays, there are still times when reading needs to be done or studying for a test so I’ll leave the boy home to work on school work while I go to youth (faith is obviously important to our family but Wednesday nights are fun nights so I’m OK with him skipping if he has too much school work, the same is true for Tuesdays when he has Scouts- I’d rather him be there but school work is a higher priority).

Sandra

February 16th, 2010
9:25 am

Speaking of weekend activities, when did Chuck E. Cheese get so trashy? Is it because it’s close to the bus stop? It has gone the way of six flags and become a baby sitter for poor people. Is nothing immune?

Becky

February 16th, 2010
9:26 am

@lulu..Not all people that go to church think that you not attending church is what’s wrong with the world..So please keep your implications to yourself..

Lisa

February 16th, 2010
9:29 am

@ lulu – quite judgmental of you. You erroneously said: “I’m pretty sure that the prison population on the whole is, perhaps surprisingly, quite the spiritual group, and gang members and drug dealers tend to be pretty religious as well.” Um, that’d be a no. Some are, some aren’t, but to say that in general the whole is religious is wrong and a pretty stupid statement by one who should be more concerned with her own unethical opinion process.

5!!!

February 16th, 2010
9:32 am

Kind of on topic:

I don’t like it when birthday parties for children are scheduled for late in the day on Saturday. Its very inconvenient. Get it done in the mornings or lunch time so that the various projects we have to work on Saturdays can be completed.

When you work all week, you have to have some time to take care of all of the activities involved with maintaining a home. Its a real pain when you are in the middle of something and have to go spend two hours at chuck-e-cheese in the prime time of the day.

So, when scheduling your child’s birthday, consider doing it around 10AM.

motherjanegoose

February 16th, 2010
9:34 am

@ Michelle and Theresa…thanks so much! Sorry to veer the topic.

My kids will put the down payment on a car and make their own payments. I will add $1000 to her down payment . My son has a 1999 Saturn, that he paid for himself ( 4 years ago) and it is still running. He has less than 100,000 miles on it.

I will wait to get your e-mail. I am going to send Theresa my phone number too, as she will not put it on the blog….LOL.
We are looking for something in the $5000 range. She is just getting her driver’s license and ( while others mayl not agree) does not need a fancy car. A 2001 Civic or Corolla?

@ right on….are you new here? Not many posters put their e-mail on the blog. Typically, they ask Theresa to connect them. I have done it myself. Others, have an alternate e-mail they use for this purpose only. No point in getting snippy….when someone is trying to help!

Jim Warren

February 16th, 2010
9:35 am

I don’t have kids but have many in my life. Just my opinion ( and slightly off topic), but kids today seem to have NO time for just playing. Too many planned activities. Baseball twice a year? Two basketball seasons? Let kids be kids a little bit of the time.

ABC

February 16th, 2010
9:38 am

I’m with you @5!! re: birthday parties. How about parties on a Friday night from 6-8 p.m. or Saturday for that matter. I’m sorry, but that time is usually when we’ll go out to dinner as a family or go to someone else’s house or have a date night. I’d rather not spend my weekend evenings at a kids’ party.
And @Sandra, you are so right about Chuck E. Cheese. Even 10 years ago it wasn’t that bad, but today even if you’re in a nice area like Northpoint, I dread having to attend a birthday there. Thank goodness my child is older and less likely to have to set foot in a Chuck E. Cheese!

cld

February 16th, 2010
9:46 am

I’m with @5!!, too! I’m so tired of 2 p.m. parties and showers. For a multitude of reasons that still irritate me, we had to host our son’s first birthday party as a late lunch on Sunday. I really wanted noon on Saturday seeing as we were serving lunch, and would love 11 a.m.!!!! But apparently too many people (at least in his family) think 1-2 p.m. is a great time for lunch. Anything earlier is just unthinkable. And don’t even get me started on the Saturday vs. Sunday issue. That one still makes me mad.

JJ

February 16th, 2010
9:54 am

My now ex sister in law used to schedule her kids birthday parties at 4:00 Sunday afternoon. Drove me freaking crazy….!!!!

Becky, thank you for the kind reference…..you are by far THE NICEST person on this blog. You always have a kind comment. And when you do “blast” someone, you do it with the utmost respect. You and I could be very good friends…

I haven’t been to church in years. Church was never forced on me as a kid. We just didn’t go. My mom worked every other weekend, and my dad travelled a good bit, so Sunday’s were for family.

I am involved in my community, support my schools, etc. You don’t have to go to church to be a good person.

deidre_NC

February 16th, 2010
9:55 am

whether you are a church goer or not…we all need a day of rest..a day to do nothing or whatever you want. kids have so much stuffed planned for them they have no time to be kids and to try to figure out on their own how not to be bored. i think this is sad. i unfotunately have to work almost every sunday and havent gotten to go to church in a long time. i really miss that. i do know people who dont go to church and some are nice and some arent…just like ones who do go to church..where i work it is a fact that after church we are invaded with mean nasty people…sunday is the worst day for mean people to come shopping…that amazes me…it is also tru as MJG said that you sorta become like the people you hang out with…anyone who cant understand that lives blindly imo…so no matter whether you go to church or not..there needs to be a day where only family and self (and god if you are into god) matters…

catlady

February 16th, 2010
10:03 am

Growing up, Sundays were family time. Church in the morning, a nice lunch, quiet afternoon, and youth group meeting in the evening. I would have missed that, as would my kids, I think.

Now I observe a Saturday Sabbath.

I think everybody needs ONE day with no meetings or calls on their time except worship (if they like) and quiet pursuits of leisure/visiting/ good works/family. So, yeah, I would have a hard time giving that up for Scouts, etc. Giving over that one day for “higher pursuits” does not seem too much to ask.

And if I had multiple children’s activities pulling on us, well,I would just give one or more up, no matter how worthwhile they are. FAMILY time is more important,in the long run, than scouts, etc., IMHO.

Other folks may see it other ways.

Rebecca

February 16th, 2010
10:07 am

@ lulu – wow, the attitude!

Sunday afternoons for sports and other activities is unfortunately becoming a trend. Many facilities are so over scheduled that sometimes things have to happen on a Sunday to get everything in. Last Spring I remember my daughter’s week night and Saturday softball games being rained out, and Sunday afternoon was the makeup time. Scouts is finding if they want to attract the sports kids that Sunday is the best time.

Michelle

February 16th, 2010
10:09 am

Right-on, we don’t typically put e-mail addresses on here! I really don’t care who e-mails me! It is simple enough to block anyone who is annoying! For some people who hide behind their blog names and say things they wouldn’t if they were know, that could be a problem! I, personally, wouldn’t say anything on here I wouldn’t say in person!

motherjanegoose

February 16th, 2010
10:14 am

@ deidre…sorry for the nasty church folks….do you work at Wal Mart? You may not want to say.

I worked there all through college and know the church folks can also be a pain. Some church folks are not the ones you want to hang out with…and some family members also fall into this category LOL.

My Dad is the king of church folks. He is a LOUSY tipper. When I am eating out with him ( rarely) I always leave extra money for our wait staff.

Here is something that someone once told me and I do not know if it is true….maybe others can tell us:

Chik Fil A prefers to hire teens who attend church.
I find the kids who work in there to be thoughtful, courteous and generally clean and neat….who knows?
Of the fast food environments, typically the most pleasant and consistent!
Anyone else find Chik Fil A to be a pleasant place to eat?
They are closed on Sundays…..hmmmm.

Maybe someone knows more about this than I do or my info is outdated.

cld

February 16th, 2010
10:20 am

@mjg, I don’t know if your first statement about CFA preferring to hire church-going teens is accurate . . . however, I do find they consistently have the best customer services, by leaps and bounds. When we were traveling last summer, my husband dropped off DH (one year old) and I for lunch at CFA. He was running and errand in the adjoining shopping center, and would be joining us shortly. I walked into that place carrying a toddler, a diaper bag, a high chair cover and two sippy cups. I had no idea how I was going to conduct the transaction of actually getting our lunch. But a friendly elderly man who was working in the dining room grabbed a high chair for me, took it to the table I pointed out, set it up (along with a placemat for the table), and even carried my tray to the table for me after I’d ordered! He was a lifesaver. We had similar help from a courteous CFA employee on our return drive a week later. For that, we ALWAYS prefer to spend our (RARE) fast-food money at CFA rather than somewhere else. Those are the businesses I want to support.

JJ

February 16th, 2010
10:21 am

I schedule “pajama weekend” about once every 6 weeks, where I do absolutely Nothing…..lay around in my house clothes and watch mindless tv.

As for Chick-Fil-A, the owner, Truett Cathey, is highly religious and will not have his employees work on Sundays. Same with Hobby Lobby, they aren’t open on Sundays either.

cld

February 16th, 2010
10:21 am

*husband dropped off DS NOT *husband dropped off DH :)