When it comes to parental schedules, kid activities can often become a source of stress. They are also the font of a lot of angsty internet essays about whether children are “over scheduled” today. (In general, no. Very few kids have very many activities — and the research I have seen and written about finds that there aren’t negative effects of kids being a bit “busy.”)
I tend to like activities. They allow children to explore their interests, to get some exercise, to work in a group, to be challenged in different ways. I think this is particularly important if kids aren’t always being challenged in school.
Of course, someone still has to work out the scheduling details. So in today’s episode of Best of Both Worlds, Sarah and I discuss what our kids are doing these days, and how we make the schedules and driving work (I have become better at protecting my work time…though I still make a lot of 10 minute drives. This is one reason I suspected the Before Breakfast podcast format might work…I have a lot of 8-10 minute drives and maybe other people do too!)
We also discuss what to do if a kid wants to quit an activity, or what to do if a kid generally likes an activity, but is sometimes just whiny. Also, that perennial question: do you need to be at every practice and game? (Spoiler alert: no.)
We end with a question from a listener who is expecting her first child. She is really not liking pregnancy and wonders how we psyched ourselves up to go through this multiple times. Neither Sarah nor I particularly enjoyed pregnancy. I know I was counting every week. But, on the other hand, we now have all these cool little people around and in our lives. Sometimes we choose to do difficult things because of the ultimate payoff. There are some parallels with activities that way!
Please give the episode a listen and let us know what you think.
In other news: If you haven’t already, please check out Sarah’s blog series with her time log over the last week! I love this genre.