How to help kids balance their lives

How to help kids balance their lives
Parents, teachers try to ensure students’ activities not too much

By D. Aileen Dodd
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Football. Cheerleading. Piano lessons. Ballet. Some kids with jampacked schedules need an event planner to make time for homework and play.

Most parents think a healthy mix of activities can provide children with experiences that push them to become better students, more versatile athletes, supporters of the arts, even humanitarians. An idle child, these days, is perceived to be headed for the unemployment line.

“Colleges make it very difficult for you to only focus on academics —- they want-well rounded children,” said Hoschton mom Melissa Thompson, whose 16-year-old participates in six activities. “They want to see leadership skills, community service. Students have to make the time. It can be challenging.”
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