Over-scheduled or Early Advantage?


With school beginning and a full summer behind us, I’ve found myself asking the question of whether I’m helping my kids or hindering them with so many activities. A double-edged sword, as we want to introduce them to new hobbies and sports but not over-schedule them to the point that they can’t just be a kid. (I’d love to hear from our readers – how much is too much?)

My children are 3 and 5 and I try to pick a sport and/or activity every quarter or so to try. My thinking behind this is getting them involved and acclimated socially (we have one that is extremely shy), exercise, and finding activities that interest them.  This year we have had tried the following activities: cooking classes with Sprouts Cooking School, swim lessons at Gold Fish Swim School, soccer at Lil’ Kickers Soccer, gymnastics at Spectrum Sports, ballet and tap class at the Monon Center via Carmel Clay Parks. All have been a great experience – learning what they think is boring, what they like, what they don’t, and what they really enjoy doing.

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With Kindergarten beginning for one of them, I want to ensure school is first priority. We’d love to have you weigh in–how much are your children involved with and what do you think is the best mix of activities for young school age children?

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Mom | wife | pug-lover extraordinaire. This type-A personality wife and mother of two girly princesses Ellie (5) and Emerson (3) and pug-mom to Coal-B-Jak, is living the dream (or sometimes just staying afloat), in Carmel, Indiana. A communication professional with over 15 years working for the world’s largest education company, Jamie manages over 25 social media channels for their technology learning brands. An avid interior design enthusiast and reader, Ms. Shoup spends most of her time corralling the troops on the home-front and finding new ways to create, organize and inspire her girls to experience all life has to offer. She reminds everyone to dance like no one is watching – because they’re not, they are looking at their phones. So get on the dance floor! Keep up with her on Twitter @JamieShoup76.