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Moms Talk Q&A: How to Choose Extracurricular Activities

This week, our Moms talk about how much say a child should have in choosing extracurricular activities.

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So grab a cup of coffee (or tea...whatever floats your boat) and settle in as we start the conversation today:

It's hard for kids to determine their likes and dislikes. Let’s face it, one day our 5-year-olds can’t get enough broccoli and by the next week, it's the green enemy. Do young children need guidance when selecting extracurricular activities? Should we as parents make a few choices for them or do we wait until they come to us with an interest? How many activities are too many—is it possible to overload your child and burn them out at a young age?

Dawn Marie February 16, 2011 at 06:25 PM
As a teacher, I have seen some pre-teen burn out. Kids should not being doing homework at 9pm because they've been at vaious activities since 3pm. As a mom, I want my kids to have all different kinds of experiences. Guess there is a fine line.
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) February 16, 2011 at 06:51 PM
I think it is good to give your child guidance on what extra curricular activities they choose, but also listen and look for signs when it may be too much for them. There needs to be enough time for academics while still being able to enjoy sports and clubs. Not always easy to balance.
Pam Whitlock February 16, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Balancing is so difficult. We have four kids and decided as a family to not participate in any sports last fall. The break from the hectic schedule was just what we needed. We are easing back into this Spring. The kids are much happier and we have done more activities as a family.

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