When my children were under 8, we limited the activities to one per week, from
8-12 they could have 2-3 activities including 4-H or scouts. After 13 they could
choose how much they wanted to be involved with as long as their grades were As
and Bs. My kids have tried all kinds of things, including drama, music, rec
sports, competitive sports, debate, scouts, 4-H, camps, clubs, working
part-time, advanced classes, trips to other states, and service projects. I
really miss the time together when they were small, but now I enjoy being a
friend to them as adults.
Yes, thank you Erin...definitely limit. I love down-to-earth and reasonable
articles like this that remind that more is not always better. And that remind
how when you choose one thing, you almost always give up something else that
might be just as important and needful.
Absolutely. Especially at younger ages. I try to encourage my kids to do
seasonal sports, take music lessons, or develop personal talents and hobbies
that can be done at home. Add in church and scout involvement, and that tends to
be enough. Two of my high school kids have been more involved at that level, but
that is okay with me because they are taking responsibility for themselves. I
agree with the author that the biggest benefit to limiting activities is having
free time to spend with each other.
Yay! Lucky little girl.