How to determine whether a good activity is best for your kid.
Everyone’s signing up for activities: soccer, piano lessons, ballet, gymnastics…the list goes on. Does my child need these to be well-rounded and happy? They seem good, and all our friends are doing them.
When does the good become the enemy of the best?
Hi, I’m Madia. I have eleven children and one of the greatest privileges of my life was to know Dr. Leila Denmark. She practiced pediatrics for over 75 years and was my mentor for 32 years.
I can hardly express how much she helped me, both with the children’s medical issues and family life challenges. I would love to share what she taught me with you.
Can you afford the time?
Time is one of our most precious commodities. It’s limited. We cannot really save it or store it away. If we choose to spend our time (or our child’s time) one way, then we have less time for other things.
What’s most important: the activity, or what could be happening in its place?
Dr. Denmark: “Extracurricular activities are great, but they shouldn’t interfere with family relationships. I’m all for sports, but many children involved in them don’t eat supper with the family. I knew one little girl whose activities almost wrecked her. She was taking violin, organ and dancing lessons. That child never had a chance to play or have quiet times at home. She never had time to go into her room and be creative.”
Can you afford it financially?
So many of these activities are expensive, especially when one considers hidden costs.