It begins with a mom group text: Soccer sign-up is on Tuesday. Who’s in? You go to reply, then hesitate. Isn’t gym class enough? What about the fact that my daughter is already enrolled in Taekwondo? Or does she need more, MORE?
Are there benefits to loading kids up with extracurriculars? Or should they just roam the neighborhood playing in nature and solving their own problems of boredom? We talked to three people—a therapist, a tennis coach and an early education curriculum specialist—to get the DL on what’s worth it…and what’s not.