Dear Mommy, why am I so over-scheduled?

I am tired. I am overscheduled, overstressed and overextended. I know that you only want the best for me, but this running from place to place and taking class after class all the time is wearing me out. And I am only 7 years old!

I go to school all day and while the work may seem pretty easy to you, it takes a lot of energy on my part to try to understand this addition and subtraction stuff and to learn all the funny ways we spell words in our language (why DO we have silent "e" at the end of words and why DO we need two of the same letters right next to each other in a word anyway?)

I have to figure out how to be a good friend, what the rules are, and how to stay out of trouble, too. It is just like you going to work and taking care of our family it's pretty hard work! When I get home I just want to "chillax," you know, chill out and relax.

I want to go out and play with my friends and explore nature. I want to have some time just to figure stuff out and explore the world. I want to build with my Legos and color a huge picture for my room. You know, I want to do the same stuff you did. You always tell me stories about how you used to ride your bike, hang out in the woods, play games, and it sounds soooo nice. I know you might think that all I care about is video games and TV, but that's 'cause it is all I know. I hardly ever get a chance to just play. And all those classes I love gymnastics because I get to move around and be with my friends, but the three other sports I play and the piano lessons and Spanish class are just a little too much.

I hear you talking about me getting into college but I am only 7 and I don't think anyone is going to look at what I did when I was 7! I am worried about not throwing up in school right now, I don't need to think about whether or not I will get into a college in 11 years. Could we just pick one activity and then maybe one other class that's not so active? I think that I can still get into college if we space out the classes across my life.

I need some alone time and some space. I have big ideas running through my head and I need time to think about them! Another thing I know you love me so much but you don't need to entertain me all the time. I can use my brain to entertain myself if you tell me to. Sometimes I need the start of an idea but then I can go do some stuff on my own. When I grow up I don't think you will want me to have to call you every day to see what I can do when I am bored. That will make you just a little crazy.

Finally, I need to make some choices and some mistakes to grow up and know how to be a 'sponsible adult. I know you don't want me to get hurt or to make a bad choice, but how am I going to learn if I never get to try things out and see what happens? I will always try my best and I need you to help me to be a kid. I love you, Mommy. Thanks for taking such good care of me.