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How busy are your children?

Hi,

With all the enrichment programs offered (in-school, after school, weekends), which programs do you feel has been the most beneficial or you wish was offered?

I have enrolled my child in dance classes, music classes (appreciation and instruments), Little Gym, swimming, french and spanish classes. With all the running around, I would like some insights from other parents about the best enrichment programs and the ones they wish were offered.

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NYStateofMind

Asked by NYStateofMind at 10:27 AM on Jul. 5, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • my DS is almost 5 and we have not enrolled him in anything, I just want him to enjoy being a kid
    peanutsmommy1

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 10:28 AM on Jul. 5, 2010

  • My youngest is 15. Between church, Boy Scouts, and marching band plus the all important social life - pretty busy.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 10:32 AM on Jul. 5, 2010

  • My children are busier during the summer than the school year. I do enroll them in educational or outdoor summer day camps nearly every week so they don't sit around on their gaming systems.

    During the school year though my son plays soccer and baseball, he's 9 1/2. My son's school does a few after school clubs like computer that he took two sessions of last year. They also offer languages, guitar, chess, golf...but he gets burned out easy with two sports and he already takes French in school. My daughter's school (she's 6 1/2) offers various programs right after school through the district's community education department. She takes art, science, and soccer normally. They are just one hour though in her same school. They also offer karate, dance, cheer leading, math pentathalon...

    My kids each attend schools 1/2 from our home and 1/2 hour from each other so I am already on the road a LOT, 3 hours average.
    jamesonjustines

    Answer by jamesonjustines at 10:33 AM on Jul. 5, 2010

  • Yes, I completely agree. The kids these days are so busy. With working parents they are in school for as long or longer than parents at work. They are offered so many options to keep the kids engaged, with karate, dance and other classes. Then with parents trying to raise these genius kids, when does it end? It has been so competitive now for children that as a parent do you just throw your hands up?
    NYStateofMind

    Comment by NYStateofMind (original poster) at 10:36 AM on Jul. 5, 2010

  • I am a stay home parent myself. I agree with you all the way. I think a couple programs if the kid is interested are fine, but they need time to play and chill out just like adults do.
    jamesonjustines

    Answer by jamesonjustines at 10:42 AM on Jul. 5, 2010

  • I let my kids do one activity at a time, sometimes two if the schedules aren't too intense. Any more than that, am I'm worried about their schoolwork slipping and them not having enough time to just be a kid. My DD has enjoyed drama club the most, she hated band, but I made her finish out the year.
    Scuba

    Answer by Scuba at 10:57 AM on Jul. 5, 2010

  • My daughter has been in academically advanced school since second grade. She took a couple of science enrichment classes, along with math and writing; many years of swim classes; she attended a fantastic afterschool program that had a cooking class, play time, homework time, etc. Through her current school (a six year high school) she takes, dance and yoga, is going out for swim team, is in National Junior Honors Society, and Habitat.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:02 AM on Jul. 5, 2010

  • I don't believe in doing all that stuff.  Our park district offers different sports and classes.  My kids are allowed 1, possibly 2, classes a year.  they only meet for 1 hour each week but with multiple kids it gets a little crazy.  I don't want them spending their time in organized classes.  I want them to just be kids so they are limited to 1 class each (and my 7yo also did Girl Scouts which met twice a month after school).  I refuse to be running all over the place every day transporting one or the other to some activity.  For one I don't have a car and, two, that's no life for everyone.


    My kids spend their days outside playing with their friends or inside doing whatever (they are coloring right now).

    justanotherjen

    Answer by justanotherjen at 11:16 AM on Jul. 5, 2010

  • MY DS does karate twice a week for 30min and he loves it, DD does dance class one a week and she also plays softball during spring and may be singing up this fall. They go to a reading program every Friday for the summer. And my DD told me she wants to take piano lessons. She's been playing on the keyboard and can play back a tune soon after hearing it. These are all things they ask to do so I try to let them. My son told me he wants to play soccer. Most things they do are not very long. They have way more off days than anything so they sit here and complain about how bored they are. It seem like a lot but when everything is mostly once a week. I never make them do things they don't want to. They have plenty of time for friends. It's so many kids walking around here getting in trouble and breaking the playgrounds. If their parents spend more time or enroll them into something positive then they wouldn't have so much idol time.
    JayRo00

    Answer by JayRo00 at 11:19 AM on Jul. 5, 2010

  • *idle*
    JayRo00

    Answer by JayRo00 at 11:22 AM on Jul. 5, 2010

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