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Chapter 6. Participating in Enrichment A... > Deciding How to Spend Your Time

Deciding How to Spend Your Time

You think your three year old should learn how to swim and attend the library story hour. Your five year old wants to play soccer on a team with his friends, not take piano lessons. Your eight year old would like to continue in Scouting, join little league, and try out for a part in your community's summer play production. Your teenager is on the school track team, plays in the school band, and wants to take private golf lessons. You would like to continue participating in your book group and take a wine-tasting course in advance of your upcoming business trip. And your spouse wants to join you for the wine-tasting course and take a class in website design. How do you decide whether your family should try to do it all?

Analyzing Your Options

Even with all of the open time you've created in your family's schedule, you'll want to choose enrichment activities wisely. You should analyze the value of the activity in terms of the benefits it will provide in relation to its cost to your family in terms of money, time, and energy. To that end, you need to decide what the purpose of participation in the activity would be:


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