Too much trampoline?

Submitted by Nastinia Bailey on September 19, 2012 - 5:34pm
When is hanging out with neighbourhood friends too much and when is it healthy?

My husband and I are having an ongoing disagreement about how much trampoline time is too much. I think jumping on a trampoline is superb exercise and fun, why limit it. My parenting partner thinks that our kids need us to engage them more rather them then disappearing for hours (literally) to the trampoline with their neighbour peers. The trampoline is amazing. It's been up for 7 weeks and STILL everyday it lures all three of my kids out (ages 10, 7 and 5). I thought the honeymoon would be over by now.  It's amazing how it is an activity that makes kids happy from four to ten years old. Together. This age span is having fun together!

But can it be too much of a good thing? I can understand my partner's concerns but I know that Winter is coming and the trampoline days are numbered. It does raise for me the ongoing question of what is too much and what is a good balance. How do you decide what is too much? Or do you trust that the flow will ebb and not worry too much about balance. I've been a big advocate of balance but I'm moving into a new appreciation of ebb and flow instead. Like peach season. When Ontario peaches are ripe we EAT PEACHES. Not much is balanced about that. Peach slices at all times of the day, peach pies, peach cobbler, peaches on cereal, peach salsa. That is the flow.