Parenting

The Changing Seasons of Parenting

A huge shift has taken place in our household over the last two years and every now and then it hits me like a ton of bricks.

One of those hits occurred last summer when I bought an annual pass to our local science center. My kids have always loved it there but we hadn’t purchased an annual pass for almost two years. It seemed like it would be a fun thing to do again.

The first time we used it, we decided to visit a “new to us” museum. Within the hour, I could read the boredom on my kids’ faces. Sure, they had fun for a bit, but my 13-year-old was clearly forcing it and my boys were done quickly.

It hit me like a ton of bricks.

We have outgrown science centers as a family. 

It probably shouldn’t have surprised me as much as it did. After all, I planned this particular trip to the science center when my oldest child was busy doing other things. I guess I didn’t realize how quickly the younger set would be bored.

Science centers have been a part of my kids’ childhood for over a decade.

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