Do you need a spread sheet to keep track of your children's
extracurricular activities? Are your weekends spent coming and going, and
going, and going to various sports matches? If you're wondering how much is too
much, you aren't alone.
In examining the overscheduled child (and carpool-weary parents) for
the article How Much Is Too Much? the San Francisco Chronicle stated:
"A study by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research
found that from 1981 through 1997, children's time spent playing structured
sports increased by 25 percent, and time spent in unstructured play fell by
about the same amount. The study also found that kids have 12 fewer hours of
free time a week, eat fewer family dinners, have fewer family conversations per
week and take fewer family vacations."
Parents need to walk the line between providing children with
enrichment activities and socialization opportunities and unwittingly pushing
their children to burnout. Sometimes a soccer match is fun; sometimes it's the
last straw. Read on for signs that your child may be too busy for their own
While every child is different, parents should be concerned if their
If burnout is an issue, it's time to scale back. Parents wishing to
provide a healthy balance for their children may find the following tips
How does your
family balance after-school actives with family time and downtime? Is your
child over-scheduled? Share your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders
Community's Facebook and Twitter pages.
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