It is healthy for kids to be busy, healthy for them to have some after-school activities. In our house swimming lessons are non-negotiable, but they can have some say in other sports they want to play or train for. We have soccer, karate, ballet, and jazz as other extras, and I’ve recently started thinking about music lessons … But this could go from being busy, in a good way, to over committed, in a bad way!
There isn’t really a right or wrong here. Some children really thrive on the extra stuff, whereas others need much more down time, and less stress. The sport practices are working out very well at the moment, but as my children get older I am becoming concerned that they haven’t had the opportunity to explore their artistic sides, and I do have very artistically minded children. I played the piano, did sports and ballet, and even though I remember the practising of all this being a drag and full of complaining, now as an adult I feel very lucky and grateful that I had such varied experiences.
This is something that I’m thinking about at the moment and that I will keep an open mind on, taking opportunities isn’t a race, and my children are still young. There are so many things for kids to get involved in its almost overwhelming, but waiting till they are ready and till they show an interest themselves, rather than be pushed into a new activity by a parent is probably the best course of action.