Organized activities for kids: Yay or nay?

Organized activities for kids: Yay or nay?

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Classes, teams, camps … there are tons of kids’ activities out there. Should you sign up your child for one or several – or none? Hear what these families do.

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Basically, every night of the week, she has an activity after school. I just find it very important for learning life skills, managing her time, developing friendships, keeping her out of trouble.

Well my five-year-old is involve unfortunately not too many activity during the school year because of our hectic schedule. But during the summer time, we will try to plan different things. Camping trips or swimming lessons.

My daughter enjoys dance and she is on a dance team and she’s been participating in dance since she’s been three. She loves ballet.

My daughter—we don’t have her really in any activities because I guess we’re trying to find out what they like. Because it seems like we’ll put them in an activity and then they don’t want to do it. So I kind of want to find out what their interests and get them into things that they’re going to like.

My daughter’s not involved in any outside activities right now. We did piano lessons for a little while and she started to not want to have the lessons or to do the practice. And so I didn’t want it to be a negative experience, so I stopped piano lessons. And now she practices.

Sometimes I think there’s too many organized activities, but her personality—she kind of needs structure. So, if we didn’t have a bunch of activities or okay we’re going to do this from 3:00 to 5:00, 5:00 to 7:00 I think—I think she would get bored too quickly.

Especially because we home school, I think it’s important that she is out and about. She’s been in gymnastics since she was two. She’s on the training team of gymnastics, so just right below the team. She’s participated in tennis camp and soccer camp. She goes to Zeus school once a month. She goes to the aquarium classes once a month. So, she’s very involved in activities.

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