After-school chess club, robotics class, gymnastics, tutoring, and violin: Sound like your child’s weekly calendar? For many parents, the answer is yes. But in the quest to enrich kids’ lives, parents may be unwittingly cheating children out of opportunities for growth.
School mornings are busy, but an experienced parent knows the real rush is after school when evenings are packed with extracurricular activities. One child has Scouts, another has piano lessons, and two have soccer practice on opposite sides of town. As a mom of six, I have survived busy weeks full of extracurricular activities and a calendar that can only be described as ‘complicated.’
How many organized after-school activities are necessary and healthy for your kids? It is definitely important to encourage extracurricular activities. Too much downtime is inevitably spent watching television, playing on a mobile or a tablet and bickering with siblings. In addition, it is important for kids to learn how to balance mandatory activities like homework, household chores and tooth brushing with their fun, elective activities.
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