Friday, January 18, 2008

Just Wondering

On Supernanny this week, Jo Jo helped a family with five children. One of the issues was that between all the children, they were involved in 40 extra-curricular actvities per week. The most any kid had was 9 activities in ONE week.

Do you have a rule of thumb you follow for how many activities you allow your kids to participate in each week?

What's the most activities you've ever let your kids do?


Livin' Life said...

Wow that's an interesting question. Right now the boys are only involved with church and family activities. I know once they hit High School or Middle School that might change but I want them to be at an age they can truly make the choices about what they want to do and not me choose what they will be involved in.
I'm not ready to run all over town for the kids activities. I like our time together as a family. But to really answer your question probably one sport and one extra non-sport activity (drama, music).Thats all I could take.

The Gang's All Here! said...

We don't really have a rule or a guide - it's rare that our kids want to do more than one thing outside of school or church. So we're kinda going with the flow and seeing what works.

Plus, with the adoption and finances being so tight right now, we have had the safety net of saying no to anything that costs too much. That eliminates A LOT of hassle from the calendar.

Melissa said...

We try to limit it to no more than 2-3 per kid, but #1 being the overachiever that she is, is usually juggling about 4-5 extra curricular activities, in addition to school. I guess for me it depends what the activities are, how far away they are, how expensive they are, and how much time they take up (some activities are long term and some are just for a season).

I know that sounds like a lot, but really, it seems good for them. Their grades do not suffer, they get exercise and a chance to do something "fun" and hang out with different people. I'm really the only one going nuts trying to get everyone where they need to be on time! But, I know I'll miss these days 20 years from now, so I'm not complaining!