Eight Ways Real Moms Schedule After-School Activities

Extra-curricular activities are certainly worthy of parental encouragement. They look good on college applications, make your child well rounded and hone skills or talents that might otherwise go undeveloped. But what happens when your child has too many interests and you seem to spend more time in your car than in your house? Here's how 8 Parent Soup parents schedule their kids' after-school activities.

"We let our nine-year-old dictate what he wants to do. His after-school activities have been chosen well and worked out okay for me even though I work. Now my five-year-old son will be starting kindergarten in the fall. Since he's so young, I'd like to "guide" his choices a little more than with the nine-year-old. They can choose what they like but the activities need to fit into my and my husband's schedules." -- twoboyzmommy

"My daughter just turned 10 and will be in the 5th grade in August. She is an only child, so we have a little more flexibility than some families. I've let her try almost everything that she has wanted to as long as it does not conflict in a big way with another activity or cause problems with her school work Some of her activities went all year and some were for a limited period. If there were something I wanted her to do, that she did not want to try, I would not make her. She wants to do all of the above this year, but I know she will also have more homework. Last year she got straight A's all year with one B on her final report card. If she keeps it up, she can do what she wants." --jtli

"I don't push my children to do anything, except religion, but I feel that is a different subject. My 10-year-old also knows things will change this year since with the new baby, and she also understands that the second her grades drop, she has to limit her activities. My five-year-old basically just wants to do whatever her big sister does. So I guess I just take after-school activities as they come. I know there is a big fuss about overbooking, but as long as my kids are having fun, I am happy! -- supermommykate

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