My article "Are Extracurricular Activities Enriching or Distracting?" is generating interesting debates. I'm honored to be published on Parent.co, a fantastic resource for parents. Thanks for reading and please—let me know your thoughts:
As we head back into the school year there’s a sense of new beginnings and achievable aspirations. It’s easy to be swept away by high pressure, busy communities and enroll our children in any and every after-school activity. However, there’s a fine line between enriching extracurricular activities and distracting obligations.
I consider myself the antithesis of a helicopter parent. I encourage my children to engage in their own activities and play. Fortunately, they are three creative and autonomous individuals. But, I also worry that I’m not involving them in enough structured activities. Societal pressures lead us to believe that the more organized activities our children participate in, the more well-rounded they are, and the better parents we are. I beg to differ. Being cognizant of how we fill our time is key.