TOO MUCH?

Abigail - posted on 02/25/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Our schedule:

Monday-9:30am Kindermusic 5:00pm Family Nigth at the Rec.Center

Tuesday-10:00am Story Time at the Library

Wednesday-Playdates time varies

Thursday-10:00am Storytime at the Library

Friday-Mommys cleaning the house Day lol

Saturday-10:30am Gymnastic /1:00pm-4:00pm Arts and Crafts at the Library



I do all this for my son on a regular week is this too much for him? he is 18months i also have a 7month old baby girl...

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Stephanie - posted on 02/25/2010

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I think that you DO have the best intentions at heart, however I think that it is also good for kids to have some down time. Time to just be at home and relax. I think you are creating a sense of being too busy in their lives. Two to three days a week of interaction should be more than enough. You don't want to overwhelm them. They are still young. You need to relax too. Doing whatever you can for your children is more than wonderful. But you have the next 18 years to drive to soccer practice, ballet, cheer, PTA meetings and dropping pre teens off at the mall. Slow down a bit and enjoy them. Maybe take one or two days out of your week to just be at home and have some one on one bonding. I too had a hectic schedule with my son. Slowing down was the best thing. It made it easier for him to learn because he wasn't constantly being interrupted by a new appointment, or other children. Hope this helps. You seem like a great mom

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Abigail - posted on 02/25/2010

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idk why she said it it took me by such a big surprice that someone would think that let alone a friend that i dint know how to respond you know

Francesca - posted on 02/25/2010

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Why would your friend would say that this would discourage learning? I would ask her where she got it! Socializing is very important. I had one friend tell me that she wished she started her now two year old twin boys in play groups and community events sooner, because now they are the odd ones out who have a harder time within group settings. As long as you and your babies are happy and having fun, then I don't think you should worry about what your friend says.

Meghan - posted on 02/25/2010

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I personally am all for kids having a routine! I like to have my son home for naps and mealtimes, sleeping in his own bed. We go to playgroups 4 times a week, 1 day is mommy and baby day where we do chores, run around town etc..but that works for us. I think some kids are more adabtable than others and there is nothing wrong with that. If you aren't tired and your kids seem to go along fine then keep up what you are doing!

Charmaine - posted on 02/25/2010

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r u tired? thats alot of activities for such young children ... maybe a couple days a week but everyday? take your kids to the park, do arts and crafts at home... man i would be exhausted haha altho it is nice to get out

Abigail - posted on 02/25/2010

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Thanks everyone, its so much fun for me to do these activities and he never complains but recently i had a friend say she never does any of this because it does not help and that doing too much will discourage learning later cause its wont be fun any more but i dis agree yet i thank all of you for your insigth and its really helpful!

Francesca - posted on 02/25/2010

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It all depends on how you feel. My schedule is somewhat different but just active. We do two playgroups through the community center and library. I also meet up with a few moms with kids around the same age at alternating homes throughout the week. I also take Ella to visit all her grandparnets and great grandparents every week. And every Saturday is family day. Where Dh, baby and I do something together. Last week we spent the day at the bird sanctuary. We are also active in our church community and come from big European families that require lots of extended family gatherings. And my baby is only ten months old.

Francesca - posted on 02/25/2010

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It all depends on how you feel. My schedule is somewhat different but just active. We do two playgroups through the community center and library. I also meet up with a few moms with kids around the same age at alternating homes throughout the week. I also take Ella to visit all her grandparnets and great grandparents every week. And every Saturday is family day. Where Dh, baby and I do something together. Last week we spent the day at the bird sanctuary. We are also active in our church community and come from big European families that require lots of extended family gatherings. And my baby is only ten months old.

Francesca - posted on 02/25/2010

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It all depends on how you feel. My schedule is somewhat different but just active. We do two playgroups through the community center and library. I also meet up with a few moms with kids around the same age at alternating homes throughout the week. I also take Ella to visit all her grandparnets and great grandparents every week. And every Saturday is family day. Where Dh, baby and I do something together. Last week we spent the day at the bird sanctuary. We are also active in our church community and come from big European families that require lots of extended family gatherings. And my baby is only ten months old.

Kirsten - posted on 02/25/2010

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If it helps ours goes along the lines of,

Monday 9-11.30 play group,

Tuesday walk around town (my shopping day)

Wednesday 9-11.30 play group

Thursday art/craft morning 12-3nursery

Friday go for a walk in the woods or football at the local playing field, we go out no matter what the weather.

Saturday family day out (zoo, sea life centre, etc..)

Sunday daddy at the park or soft play area, whilst mummy cleans



We also go to the park on the way home from play group sometimes depending on the weather. And have people over to do activities in the afternoons after lunch. And we fit backing in once a week and reading every night. I think it's fine, you have to remember parents who's children go to full time nursery do different activities 9-5, 5 days a week. I have a 20 month old and a 5 month old. If we didn't keep them active and stimulated they would never sleep. At least mine wouldn't.

Sunny - posted on 02/25/2010

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Wow that is a lot! My son is almost 3 and we go to playgroup once a week swimming once a week and go to a friends or have friends over for lunch once a week and thats enough for him. Every child is different but i think its really important that young children have 'free play' where they can do what they want in their own environment. I have friends thats children have a schedule but it would never work for us, i'd be too tired let alone my son lol! The other thing is if your getting him into so much so young he will always want to be doing something and that will cost a fortune when he's in school lol! Ii it works for you's and everyone is happy and still enjoying it than go for it, but i think that if your posting it than maybe it is getting a bit too much. May even dropping on thing would help. Good luck :)

Stacy - posted on 02/25/2010

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It seems like a little much, but if he enjoys it then I would say go for it. If he doesn't seem to enjoy it then I would take some of it down a bit.

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