Do you find yourself racing from school to another location just to get your child to his after school activity? If you are feeling that your days are hectic, your child may be feeling more stress and pressure. There are indeed plenty of after school or extra-curricular activities that can practically keep kids busy. While these may help develop a child’s potential, overbooking a child’s calendar may eventually lead to overload.

School-age children may already have specific preferences on which activity they want to join in. But aside from their inherent desire to learn, they may also join activities for varied reasons. Some kids may be driven to participate in an activity because they don’t want to be left out. Even parents may also be guilty of encouraging too many activities at one time because they don’t want their kids to miss out on anything.

Parents will always have the best of intentions for their children, and after school activities can present a child with an assortment of possibilities. These activities are actually opportunities for kids to improve their socialization skills, and it also allows them to learn fundamental values like sportsmanship, discipline, and hard work among others.

With varied intentions, it is necessary for parents to guide their kids in finding the right balance. While these activities may be beneficial, it can also be demanding and tiresome for both parents and children. It is then crucial that you try to help your child through the entire process of properly managing his schedule.

When you think about your child’s productivity, it is important that you guide him in choosing an age-appropriate activity that he will enjoy. It is best that you consider your child’s developmental ability, interests, and his nature so that he will also have fun in the process. Getting your child involved with an activity that’s too advanced may only result to frustration. Likewise, if your child isn’t interested with a particular activity, it may only lead to boredom.

To make extra-curricular activities enjoyable, parents need to set limits. It may be good if you can agree that your child joins a particular activity only twice a week during school days. You also need to make sure that his studies will not suffer once he joins a particular sport or activity. It may be good to start in moderation, so you can help him adjust before he decides to add an additional activity. Be firm in setting limits, so that your child will not be too tired to do anything else.

It is also vital that you schedule family time. Try to have free days as a bonding time for the family. It is also important that everybody has time for family meals. Your child also needs to know that a time for rest is crucial. Sometimes, we all need to rejuvenate so we can have better perspectives. Let your child know that it’s equally important to relax even if he ends up skipping one session or practice.

Try to be sensitive to cues indicating that your child is already overbooked. A stressed out child may no longer show interest for a previously loved activity, or he may appear depressed or fatigued. He may also have various physical complaints like body aches, abdominal pains, and headaches. These symptoms may indicate that your child badly needs to cut back on his activities.

As parents, we need to teach our kids that life is not about rushing things. We really have to take time to savor each moment, so that our busy schedules will not zap the life out of us. We simply cannot do everything at one time, and it’s important that we stop and smell the flowers so we don’t end up missing life’s essential things.