Today, we are often lured into thinking more is better. We enroll our kids in activities with the admirable goal of encouraging their interests. Between school, extracurriculars, sports, and homework, it can become difficult to maintain a balance.
Schedules can aid to ease confusion and allow for family and free time. Work with your child’s natural temperament is often successful. If your child needs a break after school and is more of a night owl, then homework after dinner may be best. If your child can’t fully relax until homework is done, finishing it immediately after school may be preferable.
Juggling all of the different activities may become too much. Don’t be afraid to cut some things out. While we all want our children to be well-rounded, it’s also important for them to have free time– to use their creativity and imagination to entertain themselves. And don’t underestimate the importance of family time!
If your child is stressed, even after limiting activities, teachers can prove useful. The teacher may have tips for studying and effectively completing homework, and if the teacher hears the same concerns from several parents, she may decide to change her methods. Working as a team is the best way to achieve that.
Parents spend time worrying about helping children achieve balance in their young lives, but they must also remember to do the same for ourselves. A little relaxation can help our temperament, making us better, more patient parents. So take a night off and let that neighbor girl earn a little extra babysitting money!