Extracurricular activities and burnout
For millions of parents around the world, the day does not end with the school bell. There are still pictures to paint, songs to sing and games to play. All of this adds up to keeping children happy, safe, and out of trouble. But, parents should avoid going overboard.
After school she's not a babysitter:
After-school activities thrive only if they are supported by sufficient parental involvement. What would a soccer game be without parents cheering for their little heroes from the bench?
Research and choose:
Instead of convenience being the deciding factor, find out what your child will be interested in. Once you select a program, get the fine print and find out what you have to contribute.
Many children attend piano lessons, followed by ballet, and squeeze in a little time to play in the middle just before they rush home to bed. This rigor is too much for a child. So go slowly.
When to stop smoking:
Often times, parents enroll their child in an activity to discover that it may not be the wonder they thought it would be. This is the time to let it go. Your child may not become the next wonderful kid. But let him cultivate an interest that he likes. Remember, happiness and fulfillment are the only things that matter.