This weekend when you see the fireworks and the flags, stop and think, "I am giving enough freedom to my kids?"
It is a common issue...we want our kids to spend their non-school time wisely. Many parents turn to activities to keep their kids busy and may take on too much. They often live in their cars and have forgotten what their spouse looks like. Determine whether your family's schedule needs to be scaled back.
You can easily be seduced by popular culture's messages that say that you will be a bad parent if you don't get your kids on the fast track as soon as possible. Examine and reconnect with your values (or change them). Make some deliberate choices about the kind of family life you want to have.