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tranmererovers

39 months ago

How many hours of extracurricular activities do your children do and how much is the right amount?

My 8 year old does football (2hrs a week + more if there is a match) Taekwondo (1 hr a week) Swimming (30 minute lesson) Cubs (1.5 hours) - total between 5-6 hours a week

My 5 year old does football (1.5 hrs a week) Taekwondo (1 hr a week) Swimming (30 minute lesson) Gymnastics (1 hour) total 4 hours

They are really tired from school, especially by Friday but really enjoy the activities and want to continue with them.
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ann 3

  39 months ago
I do not have any youger children now but my niece who is 10 does swimming lessons twice a week totalling one hour and computer lessons three times a week totalling one hour and thirty minutes.
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zangels

  39 months ago
I find deciding how much extracurricular activity they should do really difficult. I have a seven year old. S does ballet 1.5 hours, musical theartre and modern 1.5 hours, swimming 30 minuite lesson, brownies 1.5 hours a week and she also has a pony which at the moment is around 5 hoours a week but this will increase as the weather improves. The only day or night of the week we have no activity is a friday. I really do find this too much for her. It was all started at different times and just kind of happened. Now it is really hard and I keep trying to get her to finish one of them. I wont add up the hours it would scare me how much she does.
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beckybbzxxx

  39 months ago
i dont really know. it depends how much they want to do i think. it is better when they are younger as they dont have alot of homework and not as many responsibilities. but i think its a good idea to keep them occupied with this, better than lettin em watch tv all day :) i aint got any kids though so its hard for me to say x
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susan421

  39 months ago
I dont think theres a right amount, it goes on the individual child. I find children are tired by hte weekend anyway whether they do extra things or not. I think children should do as many as they can because that way they find out which ones they like best
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harveydog52

  39 months ago
My daughter used to go to Girls Brigade one evening a week at about the age of 8 which I think was an hour, then it went up to one and a half hours as she got older and then two hours. She is now 15 and goes to two youth groups which are both two hours each but she is also allowed out with her friends as on other nights as long as all of her home work is done.
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ell o

  39 months ago
Mine is an adult so we don't have this. I think they should be allowed to do what they want to do and their choice of activity not a parents choice because you want them to go to Ballet, Football etc.
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jimbo55

  39 months ago
All my children are now grown up and we did not have all these out of school activities when they were small.
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pammyj74

  39 months ago
wow that is a lot. my lot used to do sonething every day but have slowly stopped. they do swimming and judo now 2.5 hours each
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kayayo

  39 months ago
my daughter is four and my son is two. my daughter goes swimming lessons once a week and i take my son swimming. when my son is abit older i will take him to football sessions as i think he will like that. i do tend to walk with them as well instead of taking my car xx
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kicky222000

  39 months ago
If your children are enjoying their activities then that's great and they should keep them up! I teach 7-9 year olds and while a lot of them do plenty of clubs and are very active, there is also a lot of them that do no physical activities other than PE in school. I think when children take part in sports clubs they are more likely to continue physical activity as an adult and will therefore be far healthier.
My son is only 3 but when he is older I will encourage him to join whatever clubs he is interested in.
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