Posted by: parent1 | 2013/01/22


Too much activities for a child

Hi doc,
this is not really a physical problem. but perhaps you could advise nonetheless. my child is 6 years . she has had many problems with sleeping she lies awake at night at stares at the ceiling. she also has many nightmares. even as a baby she would not sleep at al during the day and wake up serveral times at night. having started grade 1 this year i devised a plan to keep her as active as i possibly can so that come bed time she would have notchoice but to sleep.
so she has school until 1 plus 1-2 extra cur activities mon-thurs. fri-sun are rest days. while she is enjoying all them . and i am enjoying the fact that she is sleeping . she is now very tired. am i doing too much? when do you draw the line?

Expert's Reply



This is a very good question. While your daughter is occupied 4 days a week with extra-curricular activities this does not appear to be excessive. She enjoys all of these activities and then has 3 days free of activities. Most importantly she is now sleeping well and her tiredness in the evenings is probably a healthy sign.

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Posted by: Purple | 2013/01/22

You could be describing my son. I''ve only cut back his sports now that he is 9. The increased activity was fantastic for his sleep. I started him with sport at age 3 in desperation. I had him doing at leasrt an hour of organised sport a day and at least 2 hours free play in the garden. He was also better behaved when I started this. We also put a small trampoline inside for rainy days.

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