Why extracurricular activities are overrated

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Why extracurricular activities are overrated

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My kids have very few extracurricular activities primarily because I'm lazy and I don't want to be driving them to a million different places when they get out of school, but really I also think we need to lighten up on our kids. They are in school for 6-7 hours every day and then they get off, and I have friends who take their kids to 2 or 3 different activities a day, they get home at dinner time and then there's homework and the kids don't have a second to breathe. My kids, one day a week, each of them has an activity and sometimes I have to slip the others to that activity and they just have to find ways to entertain themselves, but they have a chunk of time at the end of the day to play outside, ride their bike, see neighborhood friends, and I think that's important. I think there are a lot of people who really over-program their kids, and I think just letting them be kids for a little is really important.

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Jill Smokler

Author & Owner, Scary Mommy

What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, (Lily, 9, Ben, 7 and Evan, 5) quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Jill’s honest take on parenting has appeared in numerous publications and on television programs, including The Today ShowThe New York Times, Good Morning America, Nightline and CNN.

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