Erin Stewart: Falling into the busy trap

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  • gweniveer Lehi, UT
    April 26, 2014 10:08 a.m.

    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.

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    April 24, 2014 4:02 p.m.

    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.

  • KathyInCache North Logan, UT
    April 24, 2014 3:42 p.m.

    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.

  • tigger AMERICAN FORK, UT
    April 24, 2014 3:29 p.m.

    Yay! Lucky little girl.