But commitment requires time and focus – often more than any of us – or our children have.
One thing my own parents have always stressed to me is to back off on over-booking my kids’ time. In fact, the more activities I’d say my kids were up to – the more concerned my dad would be.
“Are you sure it’s her that wants to do all those things?” he asks. I’d have my daughter booked in all kinds of activates so really his comment doubled as a warning. He’s right – Father [always] knows best!
A GeekDad blog post pleads with parents to let kids have kid-hang-out-doing-nothing-time. That’s what my dad always stresses.
My son who is entering 10th grade this year – he’s sticking to tae kwon do – it’s the single outside of school commitment. My dad approves of that.
It creates a focus – he’s not flitting about town rushing to do the next thing – and neither am I.
Scholastic offers up “12 Warning Signs That Your Child May Be Overscheduled.”
Whether it’s you or your kid that is clamoring for more things to do beyond their schooling - how will you balance providing “opportunities” for your child to grow into well-rounded leaders?
How do you manage your child’s time - which also means managing yours too.
Will you let your kid say enough is enough? Or will you be the one to push the too-much-is-too-much brakes?