Question of the Week: March 8, 2016


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Spring is (almost) here and along with it comes spring soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, track and field, the spring musical and more! It’s easy for the whole family to become overwhelmed with many activities. And then there’s schoolwork and family celebrations. When do kids just get to play?

Do you set a limit regarding outside activities for your children? How do you help your children and teens manage their commitments so that they don’t become overwhelming?

Please share your answers and experiences in the comment box below.


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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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  1. I know it may sound harsh, but until high school we only allow our children to choose one activity a year. One year it may be dance, another gymnastics. One daughter loves horses and does 4-H at a horse farm. Most of my sons play baseball, though my youngest has tried karate. By allowing only one activity a year per child, we still manage to eat dinner as a family most every night.

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