Mum asks what activities do your children participate in each week and should her children be doing more?
Sharing on MoM answers the mum of two wrote, “What activities (outside of school/daycare) do your kids do and when did they start doing these?
“Mine do swimming and gymnastics (they’re 5 and 7) but so many of my friend’s kids do heaps more, but I have no idea how I can juggle more activities as well as the cost. How do you do it?”
One mum shared “My 9 yr old does sport on the weekend that’s it….my 7 yr old does nothing at the moment…School is tiring enough I let my boys just enjoy being kids they will let me know if they would like to do something. No over scheduling here.”
Another said, “You do what is right for your family. My boys both play soccer (12 and 10) and my eldest also goes to boxing once a week. We don’t do anything else paid for. After school we play on bikes and scooters, go to the park etc. it all adds up and we as a family can’t afford it.”
“Kids should be allowed down time just to be kids. It doesn’t benefit your kids to have something on every day of the week”, wrote another.
– “Mine are 16,15,12,9. The boys do football, basketball, swimming and the girls do volleyball and cross country. I let them pick what they wanted to do. If they decide they no longer want to then they wont. I don’t force sports regardless of what other people’s children do.”
– “Too many activities I think is overwhelming. My 11 year old does dancing & has been going since she was 3.”
“My kids pick 1 activity and they stick with it for the year”
– “As a teacher one thing is enough! Let them play, cook, rest… their little lives are busy enough. More is not better!”
– “1 or 2 activities is plenty those days they are not doing activities do some at home crafts, baking etc save your money and do things at home as a family”
We have actually shared before how oversheduling a child is not recommended by experts.
‘A busy organised activity schedule can put considerable strain on parents’ resources and families’ relationships, as well as potentially harm children’s development and wellbeing,’ said study leader Dr Sharon Wheeler. Read more on that here.
I have one child who literally trains four nights a week and plays on a Sunday, and the other one who does no sport at all, but loves his guitar tuition.
I am forever beating myself up over it. But am slowly learning it is not the end of the world. I just continue to offer various choices and one day he may decide that something really does interest him. But if not, well that is OK too!
Are your kids sporty or arty?
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