How To Schedule But Not Over-Schedule Your Children

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It is important to engage children in a variety of activities to stimulate their mind and body. It is also important however to as much as possible avoid over-scheduling your children if possible.


It is important to engage children in a variety of activities to stimulate their
mind and body. It is also important however to as much as possible avoid over-scheduling
your children if possible.

Many well meaning parents set out to interest their children in a few extra curricular
activities aside from school and ordinary family fun stuff.

It`s natural to work hard to be the best parent that you can be. However, many
parents so caught up in the chaos of ordinary busy life that they assume that
scheduling their children for as many activities as possible is actually the best
way to rear kids.

Realistically however, over-scheduling your children has the potential to impact
your family in a negative way, preventing your child from enjoying quiet solitude
and some occasional time to simply reflect on life and enjoy an ordinary, `lazy`
day.

Parents nowadays are excited to schedule their children for as many activities
as possible, buy into the latest developmental tapes and do everything possible
to stimulate early intellectual development and healthy habits.

Not surprisingly, this pattern of over-scheduling can backfire, and leave kids
exhausted, confused, discouraged and un-motivated.

Remember in times of old scheduling activities was virtually unheard of. Parents
traditionally have gone with the flow, encouraging their children to engage in
active play as they see fit.

So how do you encourage your children to get involved without over-burdening
them?

Here are some tips from experienced parents:

Schedule One Activity Per Season - if you are interested in getting your children
involved in sports for example, schedule something for the spring and something
for the fall. Don`t worry about having a plan for every season, or every weekend
day. This one activity will be enough to stimulate your child`s development and
encourage a healthy lifestyle without over-burdening them.

Allow Your Children a Choice - you want to try as best as possible to select
activities your children will enjoy. To do this you should consider one or two
different activities and consult with your child. If you register them for soccer
but they hate soccer, you will probably only end up frustrated, and your child
will not benefit from the experience.

Allow Quiet Time - allow some portion of the day/week/month where your children
don`t have to do anything. Introspection and time for simply exploring are essential
components of a child`s development.

We are all well meaning parents in the long run. Just remember that a good parent
isn`t defined by how many activities they involve their children in each and every
day.

A good parent is one that allows their children the opportunity to explore many
different things without forcing many different things on their kids.
 

About The Author

Adwina Jackson is a wife and mother of a young boy. She’s also the editor of
Inspiring Parenting, an online source of valuable parenting information. Please
visit
http://www.InspiringParenting.com for helpful and free parenting info. Observe your children’s health, growth
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