Episode 29: Editing Extracurricular Pressure

Extracurriculars are a tricky thing; they can be awesome for your kids but also totally overwhelming to the family system, especially if signing up comes from a place of comparison, statistically unsound professional dreams, or your own childhood baggage. Episode 29 of Edit Your Life is the first in a two-part series on extracurriculars. In this episode, Christine and Asha discuss the etiology of extracurricular pressure and share 9 tips for editing out the pressure and following the genuine interests of your kids.


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3 Comments

  1. Dawn

    Thank you for this episode! I was on the edge of my seat listening. My kids are turning 5 and 3 in the summer and I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked (for at least a year now) when I will be signing them up for soccer or dance. I cringe inside and do my best to sneak-change the subject without the person noticing. While relieving to hear others feels the same way I do, I feel very much in the minority.

    I loved the NYT article you linked to and knew of the Harvard article (amazing too!). The NYT article was fascinating and has my mind swirling with new thoughts…

    • Christine

      That’s wonderful Dawn — we’re so happy this is helpful to you! Also, I know it’s hard but I feel very strongly about putting a stake in the ground re: how you feel about schedule overload. Not in a confrontational way, but just conversationally. I’ve found that the more I talk out loud about it, the more I find people feel the same way or start to initiate some shifts within their own family. 🙂

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