Andrew is in daycare Monday - Friday from 7:30ish until 5:00 or 5:30. On those days he gets plenty of interaction - play time, learning time, outings to the park and walks around the neighborhood. I feel like on those days he is doing plenty.
On the weekends it's kind of a free-for-all. Sometimes we have things planned, like this weekend when I took him to the farmer's market and we had plans with friends to go watch football and let the kids play. Other times there isn't much going on and we spend a lot of time around the house. It's weekends like that that make me wonder - are we doing enough?
I read about/talk to these other moms that have a seemingly endless schedule of play-dates, classes and special outings planned for their kids. I know some of them are stay at home moms so their kids aren't in daycare all day so maybe that has something to do with it. Andrew doesn't seem unhappy or all that stir crazy when we are home. He does well when we go places, but we haven't felt the need to constantly be on the go when we have time with him.
Are we doing him a disservice by not getting him more involved? Should I be setting up a play-date for him over the weekend? Making sure we take him out to at least one outing a week? Signing him up for classes?
I know as he gets older he will benefit from more structure, but I feel like right now he is at the age where he easily entertains himself but doesn't have the attention span for structured classes.
As evidence - he spent quite a bit of time playing in the puddles left over from us washing our cars yesterday:
So what about you? Do you have regular play-dates and outings to keep your little one occupied? Or are you more fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants schedulers like us??