Over-Scheduling Our Kids
I always said that I would never be a parent that over-scheduled her child. Last summer, I did just that. Why does a four-year-old need to do tennis, piano, gymnastics, pottery painting, STEM camp, and dance within the span of a few weeks? She doesn’t! It was not fun for me certainly, but I really do not think my daughter enjoyed getting hauled from one activity to another. All she wanted to do ever was go to the beach (which is conveniently located minutes from our house), build sand castles, catch some hermit crabs, and play with the other kids. It would have been a much more relaxing (not to mention cheaper!) summer had I done just that. This summer, I committed to not over-schedule my daughter, though it has not been easy.
Luckily, I now know what her interests and likes are, so I am able to narrow down the list. Why do I still feel the temptation to sign my daughter up for everything I see: acting camp, museum camp, dance camp, art camp. The list goes on and on. Is she really going to benefit from all this in the end or am I just mom-guilting myself into signing her up for everything that is offered? Do we over-schedule our kids out of our own fears of missing out?
With that said, this summer is going to be very different than last. Finding a healthy balance is something that I’ve always struggled with, but I will not allow my inability to have a negative affect on my daughter. This summer, I will sign her up for a couple of activities she loves, but most importantly, we are building lots of sand castles!
Do you struggle with over-scheduling your kids? Why do you think we do it?