Are Structured Activities the Way to Go for Our Kids?

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Are Structured Activities the Way to Go For Our Kids?My kids are now getting to the age where they are wondering about doing activities outside the home. Before this, I have always been more on the side of ‘free range‘ when it comes to activities. We are more of the go-with -the-flow and see where the day takes us kind of people and “free ranging” has worked well for us — so far.

I want my kids to find their interests though, so I am debating now the structured programs for my older two. One wants dance and the other wants karate — but neither has done a structured class in either.

I think that I err on the side of caution when it comes to structured activities because the last thing I want to do for my kids and our family as a whole is become so busy running from this activity to that activity and with three kids, I can see that happening pretty fast.

I want to hear YOUR thoughts: Are you more ‘Free Range’ when it comes to activities for your kids or do you believe that structured activities are the better way to go?

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