2 responses to “Are You Cramming in Your Kids’ Extracurricular Activities?”

  1. Barb @ A Life in Balance

    As a mom of 5 kids, I find I need white space on the calendar all day long. I still have one son at home (ds3), and I am always mindful of giving us plenty of time at home to do stuff, even if my school needs us to volunteer more. It’s really hard to say no because I set up an expectation last year that I would say yes, and I keep working on it.

    I also try to limit the activities to one per kid, and have multiple kids do an activity at the same time. As you said, I can’t be everywhere at the same time.

  2. Heather Mundell

    I agree Denise, that white space is so important!

    My daughters are a bit older (13 and 10), and we’ve really had to be thoughtful about which activities are the keepers and which are just too much.

    Homework takes more time as kids get older, so that has to be factored into the calendar, too.

    I don’t want a teen who’s burned out by her sophomore year in high school. But I also see a lot of positives to having a teen who’s got someplace to be after school (especially when I’m working and am not home!)

    White space is good. It’s a trick to figure out what amount of white space works for everyone!

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