Night time activities for kids can be good because it means the days are left free, but nights become late and kids become tired and adults too! When kids are overloaded this can effect their growth mentally and physically.
Makes sure your child is not as busy as Johnny:
Monday afternoon – Johnny attends soccer training
Tuesday night– Johnny goes to karate 4-5pm
Wednesday afternoon– Johnny swims in his squad team from 4-5pm
Thursday-Johnny attends Scouts from 6-7.30pm
Friday night- Johnny goes to little athletics from 6-9pm
Saturday- Johnny plays soccer and the time changes
Life is busy and we have to make sure, while kids must not sit in front of the television constantly, they are also not constantly overloaded with too much activity. Balance is vital when we are trying to keep kids healthy and busy and well rested.
Five Questions to ask yourself to see if you child is overloaded:
1. Are they getting 10 hours of sleep per night?
2. Are they at home most nights for at least 2 hours before bed?
3. Do they eat healthy meals at home regularly?
4. Do they have at 2 afternoons a week free when they are not committed to a regimented activity?
5. Are they handling their school work and alert at school?