Topic: Managing Extracurricular Activities for Children
Question: Parents are anxious about making the right choice regarding how much activity (such as sports or clubs) their child should have outside of school during the pandemic. How can parents talk to their children about these activities and help balance all the needs of their family?
Carrie Brower-Breitwieser, Ph.D., LP, BCBA-D
Pediatric Psychologist, Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program, Director, Sanford Health
I think that these kind of conversations take a little bit of art (rather than science) from families, because it all comes down to the family’s choice about what activities they will and will not engage in. My colleagues and I have been recommending that parents have a weekly “touch-base” conversation with their kids about how they’re doing. This is especially important given that things can change rapidly, so it’s good to have consistent communication between parents and children about the plans for the week.
These are things to consider when having weekly conversations with your child(ren):