Balancing Extracurricular Activities

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My daughter is in the fifth grade and she wants to be a cheerleader, but she already is involved in softball and dancing lessons after school. Is this too much activity for her and if so, how can I say no?

Most children will have interests outside of school which they wish to pursue and it is important to encourage children to get involved in extracurricular activities, particularly those that involve experiences they cannot get in school and those that enhance opportunities to exercise. In families where both parents work, involvement can help steer children away from "home alone time," television and the computer. On the other hand, it is also true that it's easy for children to become involved in more activities than they can manage and then they (and parents) become frustrated and gain very little.

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