As I'm planning for our next school year, I'm trying to figure out how much is too much, and how little too little, in terms of outside activities.
1) ongoing part-time job for 15-yo (at her Tae Kwon Do school)
2) possible Confirmation classes, if pastor approves (15-yo)
3) ongoing Tae Kwon Do lessons (15-yo and 13-yo)
4) teen service group (ditto)
5) Little Flowers girls' group (ditto)
6) piano lessons (for the 8-yo and 6-yo who haven't had them yet)
7) gym class (also for 8 and 6)
8) swimming lessons (ditto)
9) choral group for 6-yo (who loves to sing)
So, the general question I want to pose here is: How do you decide? How many activities do you allow per child? If you have lots of children, do you cut out certain things altogether, or alternate years for kids? And if you have a smaller family, as I do, should you still set stringent limits on these sorts of things to have more time at home, or is it OK to allow the kids to get involved with whatever good activities they like, as long as you can manage it?
Do you set limits based on how long it takes to drive to the location, or how many times it meets each week? And what if you have an obviously gifted child who really would thrive in an extracurricular activity? (I don't, but I'm just wondering about those who do!)
So, feel free to offer the general guidelines that work for your family in choosing outside activities. I'd love to learn from those who also struggle with this -- or those who have it figured out!