Is your pre-schooler overscheduled?

                       


Activities like sports, art classes, and musical lessons at earlier ages offer kids a great chance to discover and explore their interests. Most of all, they're fun! But the key is to keep them in a way that kids aren't overwhelmed and exhausted.

Now a days parents wish to see their children excel in multiple areas and therefore kids are enrolled into various extracurricular activities.

So how do you know if you are enriching your child's life or overscheduling them?

To help you find a good balance for your child, below are some key points to consider.

Ground rules

1.Plan 1 activity per season. For instance, schedule the classes two times a week during regular days.

2.During vacations – Enrol into the various camps that are offered ( Summer camp, winter camp etc) close by.

3.Being overinvolved with every activity they participate may lead to lesser attention academically.  Its better to drop an activity   when academics needs more time.

Allot reasonable time

Set reasonable timing for extracurricular activities depending on  kid's age and interests. Try to balance activities by having periods of downtime in between activity to activity.

Schedule Downtime

Children need unstructured time to relax themselves. Let them play or relax in whatever way they want. Sometimes this unstructured time helps them in exploring and learning on their own.

Give family time

Your relationship with the child is equally important for his/her emotional development. Don’t compromise on family time for extracurricular activities as they will miss the chance to learn and develop a bond with the family.

Have a bar with your expectations

Every child is different –

1.Never compare with peers.

2.See if the child is enjoying and liking the activity

3.Encourage the child to practice 1 activity at least for a certain amount of time.

Signs of being overscheduled

Pay attention to your child’s responses to his/her overscheduled routine. Anything  should not take a toll on their emotional, physical and mental health.

·         Reluctance towards the activity

·         Shows sign of avoiding the activity with various excuses

·         feel tired or anxious

·         feel sleepy during the day or lack of sleep at night

·         complain of headaches and stomachaches, which may be due to stress.

·         loss of appetite or they’ve started missing meals


If you feel your child shows any of these; eliminate 10% of the activities right now.

 

Stay organized

Keep a calendar to mark the entire month schedule. If you find all days fully occupied on the calendar, make some empty space by deleting some activities. Just do nothing on these days to give kids the much-needed break.

Know if it’s really joyful

Look at how much your child is enjoying his/her overall routine. If your child is comfortable and happy even with being involved in multiple activities, then you probably don't have to worry.

Celebrate V-Day with your Preschoolers

            

Once you have children, the way you celebrate every holiday changes. While the rest of the world is out for dinner, you'll probably want to celebrate it with your children too. Here are lots of fun ways to make Valentine's Day special

Share love

Spend a quality family time. You can engage with kids watching a movie, making crafts, decorating home, baking some special treats etc. And as the day comes to an end, have everyone share five reasons why you love each member in the family and hand out hand-made cards and gifts to each other.

Deck your home

Get your creative wheels turning and make some heart shaped decorations together. Hang heart cut outs, streamers and balloons to make your home party ready.

Play games

Many games that are children’s favourites can be modified to a Valentine's Day theme. You can organise a heart-hunt game by hiding hearts all over the house. The one who finds the most number of hearts wins the game. Do add a special note on each heart.

It’s all about having a heart

What better way to treat your loved ones than to run with them to keep their heart healthy. This Valentine’s Day, start your day with a family run.

Go down the memory lane

Take time to look at your wedding gallery. Tell your child how you met and how mamma and papa came together.

Family movie night

There are many kids’ movies that suits with the Valentine’s Day theme such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Ever After,” “Lady and the Tramp,” or as simple as a compilation of some “Mickey & Minnie’s stories.”

Spread love

Encourage children to give flowers to people who make them happy, like a neighbour, their teacher, their grandparents, their helpers or someone who might not have a partner to celebrate with. This thoughtfulness will make someone’s day, and inculcate compassion in your child.

Plan a fancy family dinner

Adorn your dining table with flower vase get a heart shaped cake, make a special meal and celebrate with a pink strawberry milkshake. Also, do a little pampering to yourself for a festive dinner night.

Have a photo shoot

Use the props you made and click some photos to mark the day. Try some fun props like streamers, candies, balloons

Enjoy a special desert

Try a simple recipe where even the kids can take a chance to tie up an apron.