Extracurricular Activities: When to Say When

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When it comes to raising well-rounded children, extracurricular activities play a huge role in keeping your kids in line. According to one education consultant, participation in school activities, sports and community clubs and organizations during the middle school years has a positive effect on at-risk teens who might drop out in high school. In addition to fostering positive character traits in children, it also creates a school connection for kids.

With this in mind, many parents push their children into football, cheerleading, chorus, dance, girl scouts, boy scouts and every other activity under the sun. The question is: How much is too much when it comes to activities? Could you be overbooking your child? The first rule of thumb is to consider whether or not your child enjoys the activity.