It has been said that "we" (as in - one would assume - parents in general) are over-scheduling our children. One minute it is being reported that our kids are being dumped in front of electronic babysitters (televisions, computer games and the like) and left to turn into obese zombie-killing monsters, and the next we are apparently making them do too much.
But - what is too much, exactly?
In my opinion, too much would be where it interfered with their schooling and sleep, and if it upset our family dynamic. So, while my kids are very active and kept busy with different sports, they get enough sleep & their school work is in order. They also get down time to play on their consoles/tablets & watch their favourite TV programmes, and we have our family time together. If anything it's ME that is over-scheduled trying to keep up with their timetables as well as everything else! And the Mister, of course.
J has football training once a week and boxing two times a week, with a football match at the weekend. L has tae kwon-do & swimming once a week.
H plays rugby (either training or a match) & has a swimming lesson once a week, boxing training twice with J, and he & J also swim together during the public session while L has his private lesson.
E attends a swimming lesson and a gymnastics class once a week, and A has been taking guitar lessons during school hours for just over a year now. This week, H & L will also be starting homework club after school for an hour once a week.
We have family time, watching movies and going out together on days out, we eat our meals together and we have our occasional lazy days doing nothing. We bake, we play, we read, we have fun. We have a good balance and it works for us. If at any point they didn't want to continue with their activities, I wouldn't make them. But this is what makes them happy.
And if they're happy - I'm happy.