“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.” — Bill Watterson
Although this quote is pessimistic, I think it well defines some of our weekends, lacking productivity. Despite the fact that we look forward to these short periods all week, we only feel more tired after them. Therefore I must ask what is the point of the weekend? For this we have to look at the weekend for different ages using Eriksons model.
- Infancy- Weekends mean nearly nothing to us except we know that our parents are around more, and that we are more stimulated on the weekends. Here weekends are a mere non-lingual observation of our parents behavior.
- Early childhood- At this point they are furthering the observation of their parents behavior on the weekends. They are also beginning to understand the schedule
- Preschool-This is the age where kids start to notice more but care less about their parents, this is the age of exploration, and the manipulation of environments. Here weekends are also a time of immense learning, and something to look forward to, as they have been in infancy, and early childhood.
- School Age- Here’s where the weekend start meaning something, when children start going to school, they start taking weekends off. The ultimate question here is are weekends positive (do children dislike school) or are they negative (do they like school, and this is an absence of stimulation). This stage, even for the majority of kids does not have an answer.
- Adolescence – Since I am currently experiencing this stage of life I think I can comment on behalf of my peers that no matter who you are, weekends are a blessing. For some, they are a break from academia, for others a time to sleep, and for others a time to party. No matter who you are you appreciate the weekend at this age.
- Young Adulthood – Here weekends are used for forming and furthering relationships, they are seen as positive and ways to break up the normal workweek.
- Middle Adulthood- Weekends are often occupied by self conscious thoughts, raising kids, and other things. They are packed and rarely represent an opportunity for anything positive. This stage all depends on whether or not you enjoy kids, work, housework, and just about everything else you have to do on the weekends.
- Maturity- After consulting with my grandfather on this one I have decided for these people weekends are just a time of heightened social activity with kids, and grandkids. Also they do less on the weekends, in theory weekends shouldn’t matter, but after 65+ years of weekends being grained in their heads they still react.
So to weekends have a purpose, I would hypothesize they do. They help us build and maintain relationships, emotions, workloads, and ourselves. Sorry Mr. Watterson
Think more, be more
- Sleeping In On Weekends Doesn’t Make Up For Sleep You Missed During The Workweek (medicaldaily.com)
- Wonderful weekend (inthecloudsblog.wordpress.com)
- The Weekend Lazy Boy (datsmastyle.me)