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Health Tip: Keep Kids on a Realistic Schedule

Avoid planning too many activities

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(HealthDay News) - While after-school sports and other extracurricular activities are a great way to stay healthy, a schedule that's too packed can take its toll on your kids.

The Nemours Foundation says you should keep the following guidelines in mind when planning your child's extracurricular program:

  • Set limits -- such as on the number of sports played per season, or on the number of days or evenings per week dedicated to these activities.
  • Make sure your child knows how much time each activity will take. Be sure to include not just the activity itself, but any practice and time required at home.
  • Create a calendar of activities, and make sure it includes ample down time -- as much as your child needs to be relaxed and happy.
  • School must come first. If your child can't keep up with homework and other assignments, your child probably should cut back on extracurricular activities.


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