Managing your children’s schedule – sports, school, activities and more, is often more challenging than managing the schedule of busy business people. The complexity is increased with the addition of rescheduled games, unplanned events from school, and of course, cold and flu season.
One of the most important things to acknowledge in advance is that the schedule needs to be flexible enough to accommodate change, and that a lot of the changes are beyond your control. Most importantly, recognize that it’s critical that you only encourage your children to sign up for activities which they can reasonably attend: It’s better to give 100% to 2 activities, than 30% in an attempt to cover 6 activities.
When a child misses practices, games and events, the “catch-up” is often more difficult than the originally scheduled event, and moreover, is discouraging to children as they see others included in activities which they have missed, often beyond their control.
Make decisions early on in the process, and commit to a few activities which are attainable, and then add as you find your stride.
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