Anything that revolves around children has turned into organized activities.  For example, Halloween last night had organized activities in many cities.  They even had something in the states called trunk trick or treating.  Apparently, you park your vehicle in a designated area and then offer the treats to each passing child.  Where is the fun in that?  The organized activities limit the excitement, the decorated homes and the greeting by the prospective candy givers.  My daughter, granddaughter and I drove around until we found a neighborhood that was filled with trick or treaters.  Then, we joined a family we didn’t know and followed them.  Everyone had a great time.  It was spontaneous and fun.  It wasn’t the organized activities that were available in the center of town, which incidentally included long lines.  The same is true of sports.  The children join a team, practice faithfully and then play intense games.  What they should be doing is getting a few kids together and playing ball in an empty area.  Rather than the organized activities that they are told what do do, when and how to perform, they learn from each other and have their own rules.  That really helps with good sportsmanship.  Playing as a group also helps them to figure out that if there is a dispute they can solve it and don’t need an adult.  It also teaches them to mature in a positive way.  Even when people decide to have a BB,  there isn’t any spur of the moment.  It is planned, organized and in some cases invitations are sent.  Obviously if it is for business, it is understandable.  However, no one just says to their friends or neighbors on the same day, “How about coming by tonight for a BBQ?” The spontaneity is missing.  In the Good Gus series there were organized activities on special days, but the children played ball by themselves and learned front their participation.  Yesterday I spoke to mum who loved the idea of Mae’s Story Time on You Tube.  She said by the time she finishes work, gets home, makes dinner, helps with schoolwork, she is ready for bed.  On those rare days when she is just too tired for story time she said it comes in handy.  The series is also available on Kindle worldwide.  If you are fed up with organized activities, take a moment and find “Misplaced Trust” on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.