Is Your Child Overscheduled?

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Parents sometimes go by the rule that they are the adults and they should make the final decision. Although that is partly true, children have a right to voice their opinions as well. After all, they are the ones who have to endure the schedule of basketball on Monday, ballet on Tuesday, volunteer work on Wednesday, violin lessons on Thursday, play date on Friday and soccer on Saturday.

By talking to your child you may also discover that it has less to do with being overscheduled and more to do with participating in activities that they have no interest in. Perhaps your child doesn't mind keeping busy, as long as it includes activities that they actually care about.

Feedback from your child is important. Listening to their feelings and thoughts on the subject will teach them communication skills and hopefully will teach the parent listening skills.

Signs that Your Child Is Overscheduled

There are some signs that you can look for in trying to figure out if your child is overscheduled. Pay careful attention to these areas so that you can make a decision about what is best for your child.

Keep in mind that the "right" number of activities for each child will vary. It will depend on your child, their personality and interests, your family's lifestyle and any other number of factors. There is no one right way to balance things. It will be different for every family.