Two daughters in our household are taking piano lessons. One is taking violin. Their teachers have said that they will make good progress by practicing for 15 minutes a day.
It's got me thinking about practices I have, and whether I devote 15 minutes a day to them.
Writing - yes. But not on weekends.
Exercising - yes, usually. But I didn't yesterday, or even the day before yesterday. So I guess I'm not too consistent.
Prayer - no, not usually. Sometimes not even 5 minutes a day.
I find it a challenge to decide which extracurricular activities we'll participate in as a family. I don't want to overload my kids (or myself) with too much. And I want to think about why we're doing what we're doing, not just pile on more just so that our kids can experience every single possible activity. I feel like swimming lessons are a no-brainer. We're around so many lakes in Canada that I want my kids to be able to swim well. Music's important to me too. I want my kids to enjoy music and be able to play something for their own enjoyment. Beyond that, I'm not set on anything. But there are times when I feel like I'm a bit of a negligent parent if my kids can't skate as well as others their age.
I'm trying to define what skills/experiences I feel are important for my children. And then we can devote time to it.
For instance, I think that their spiritual/faith development is important. And I try to devote time to this each day. But 15 minutes? Sometimes, but other times - no.
What were you glad that your parents passed on to you? What things did you do for 15 minutes a day as a kid? What things do you practice now?