In defense of staying busy
Some commenters spoke up in support of busy kids.
"If you start an activity early in life, you will be able to enter through the entry level classes along with your peers. Start at age 12, with the peer pressure of looking awkward at doing something, will most likely stop a child from pursuing the activity in front of others," argued a mother who wanted to use just her first name, Tamara.
Enrolling your kids in various activities may "sound crazy" when put into a list, but it's about providing "a taste" of "the variety of the amazing opportunities that are out there," she said.
And a commenter using the name Odra wrote, "A lot of kids will simply end up spending their entire afternoon playing video games if you don't put them in sports, etc."
It's a Catch-22.
Many parents like me, whose kids just have activities a couple of days a week, love to take our kids outside and have them knock on doors to play with friends and do whatever they come up with. But there are too few days in which they and their friends are home and free at the same time.
So scheduled activities help fill a social need.
"Without scheduling," Odra says sadly, "there would be nobody there to play with."