Get two kids off the bus. Check.
Feed them a snack. Then dinner. Check. Check.
Help them finish their homework. Check.
Give them a bath. Check.
Put clean clothes on them, pick out clothes for the next day, and wash a load of clothes. Check.
This all sounds like the work of an adult, right? Just envision adding this to your list, however: Study for your science test and complete your math and ELA homework. Check.
It is difficult to believe, but unfortunately, is a normal occurrence.
Now imagine that you don’t have to help parent your younger siblings, but you live in a rural area - so far out that you don’t have access to internet because it’s not available at a reasonable price, and you don’t have your own cell phone because that would be a little too much for the family’s budget. Your parents are both in blue-collar jobs where they did not get an education past high school. They can pay the bills, and you have everything you need, but education after high school is not even on the table for discussion.
Where is the time for playing outside? What about video games? How about reading a book, or building with Legos and Lincoln Logs? What about making up songs and singing them with a microphone of your own invention? Where is the time for all of the things that help children realize the hobbies they enjoy or what type of career they want to pursue?