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Over scheduled children and extra curricular activities

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FatOwl Tue 17-Sep-13 10:21:12

Putting on my flame proof pants here.

I run Rainbows.

there are two other units within reasonable distance and I know the other leaders quite well.

I am just getting ready for the term and have had in the last few days no less than 10 emails from either parents in my own unit or parents from the other two nearby ones, wanting to swap groups/come late or leave early every week/even asking me to adjust the time of my colony to accommodate swimming/dancing/horseriding/gymnastics etc etc

I know it's obviously up to parents how many extra stuff their DCs do etc, but AIBU to ask why is it us that why is it always us that has to accommodate? I bet they are not asking dancing if they can arrive 45 mins late every week.

I know we don't have to accommodate (we all have a waiting list and could easily fill the places), and I'm so tempted to email back and say "sorry you have to choose, your DC can't do everything"

morethanpotatoprints Tue 17-Sep-13 12:44:58

I think that all the activities listed enhance life skills in some way or other. It is useless being able to put up a tent if you want to dance and likewise dance is useless if you need to put up a tent.
I also agree with the poster who said that many of the activities dc do are nightmares inflicted by the parents grin.

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