It’s the end of a busy week and then starts a busy weekend!

A lot of parents will agree with that! Phew! I’m already tired thinking about it ….!!!!

It is so important to not overwhelm the children with too many activities

It has sort of become a norm where parents are driving around kids for various activities be it sports, drama, art or music lessons on the weekends. To add to it all, it’s hard to strike a balance between say cultural activities like Hindi or Tamil lessons, Indian classical dance and music or say a piano lesson or even chess classes. The choices are overwhelming! And it is so important to not overwhelm the children with too many activities.

Well sometimes, maybe, we as parents are over doing it! As a parent, I am in a similar situation, and I can completely over do it as well! Sometimes when you talk to other parents about their kid’s activities, you don’t want your child to be left out.

So here are a few factors to consider, in no particular order

  1. I think it’s important to pick something close to home; anything within walking distance is great or something within a two kilometers radius, which can be reached by driving a car or with access to public transport.
  2. The most important factor is, of course, the child’s need and interest and for parents, the affordability of the activity.
  3. I think children these days are very smart and are most likely to know what they know what they like and want. It is very important to consider their opinion!!!
  4. Some activities offer free trial lessons. I think it’s a good way to start an activity to see if the child likes the lesson, the class environment and facilities. But again, sometimes you can’t gauge with just one trial lesson.
  5. Another important factor is life skills. Swimming is a life skill to be learnt at an early age to overcome water phobia and develop under water breathing skills. Team sports are a great way to develop team skills and leadership skills.
  6. Another important factor for me is that any activity which cuts down TV and digital game time is great!

On the whole, I think, doing about two activities a term is a good balance for parents and their kids.

Sometimes,  as parents we forget that parenting is not just about your child winning awards and  being the best at everything !

Gone are the days when kids got together to play board games like ludo , monopoly , carom or go cycling or play in the park or even do some gardening. I think it would be a good way to spend quality time as a family on rare weekends that are not so busy. Sometimes,  as parents we forget that parenting is not just about your child winning awards and  being the best at everything ! 

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  1. Mehroo

    Hi, yes I both love and hate after-school activities. Sometimes they get too overwhelming and I feel like I have no family life left and sometimes when I pull my boys out of most of them they end up having fights at home or just getting bored and irritable. We have to know the right balance not just for our kids and family but also for ourselves so that we can have the best of both. Here is a short article that I had written once in a state of frustration – http://frommissindiatomotherhood.com/2015/08/after-school-activities-finding-the-right-balance.html