School starts here on August 25th. This means a return to early bedtimes, early mornings, and extra activities. I also hear N will have actual homework this year. In Kindergarten, there was only homework a couple of times all year. The teacher did ask us to read nightly, but we do that anyway.
Lance and I really want our kids to be just that - kids. They have such a short season of their life where they can play and be imaginative. I want them to experience activities and learn how to be on a team and play well with others too. So, the great balancing act begins...
We let each of the kids have only one activity at once. This doesn't include their church activities on Sundays.
N is still trying to decide between soccer (2 nights a week plus Saturday games) or gymnastics (1 night a week). We've given him until August 22nd to make his decision.
LeeLee is going to do dance - 1 night a week
I honestly don't know how parents schedule more than this. I'm having a hard time thinking about N choosing soccer knowing that it will take up this much time and he's only 6, for heaven's sake!! How do parents with more than 2 kiddos do it? I just don't know!
So, what's your strategy or advice here? Do you let your kids do as many things as they want? Do you keep them out of outside activities until they are a certain age?