Extracurricular Activities

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Registered: 02-08-2011
Extracurricular Activities
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Wed, 08-17-2011 - 11:34am

I was reading this article this morning and was wondering what you all thought about it.

Family Happiness and the Overbooked Child-

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Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.~ Dr Seuss

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Wed, 08-17-2011 - 12:28pm
My boys have to be involved with one after school activity, it's a rule we have for all of them. While it does get crazy at times since they have different interests, it's not really all that stressful for me and it does benefit our family. I do get tired of it sometimes, and look forward to the summer break, but in the end know that it's better for them to be active and not lazy logs.

My oldest does TKD all year long, and if he didn't do that I would never get him out of the house except for school! We've never pushed a sport he didn't enjoy, just kept trying options until he found something he liked. TKD works on some of his ADD/ODD issues, such as effort, respect and perseverance. With the twins, Matthew is more sports oriented and Connor just does Cub Scouts. Both Matthew and Sean do soccer in the fall, basketball over winter and baseball in the spring. Both have lots of energy, enjoy learning how to play these sports and love the social aspects of the game. None of the sports overlap, so it works out really well. They also both do Cub Scouts.

There is one activity that I insist on, which is religion class and I'm not willing to stop one for the others. While altogether there is a lot going on, it's actually better for the family when they keep somewhat busy. I have a lot more fighting between them when they are sitting around all summer.

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Registered: 06-27-2006
Wed, 08-17-2011 - 4:26pm

It is overwhelming for a parent, isn't it.

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Registered: 06-27-2006
Wed, 08-17-2011 - 4:28pm

Hey, Melissa!

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Thu, 08-18-2011 - 9:32am
I know how you are feeling! My boys are in Scouts and soccer and I feel this same way at times. I will say though that I really like that they are involved. I really want to encourage their interests and I hope that they find something they are passionate about. I have a younger sister that didn't ever develop an interest in any activity and she was constantly in trouble. My hope is that keeping my children busy will keep them out of trouble as they get older! So, for the time being I am just putting up with it and keeping a smile on my face (trying to anyway!). ;)