Four Signs your Child's Sports Activities are taking over your Life

posted 6/19/2014 in General

Lincoln Savings Bank knows the importance of getting your children active and involved in local clubs and sports. We also know that sometimes it can get out of hand because they are at the age where they want to try everything.

Your weekends can be consumed with soccer games, ballet class, and flag football leaving no time for everyone to be together. Here are four signs that you may need to reconsider how much time and money is being spent on your children’s extracurricular activities.

  1. The kids are in all different activities on different nights, so you and your spouse have to split the driving and attend events separately. This does not even include games on the weekends. By the time you are able to see each other; you are both exhausted and just want to sleep.

  2. You blow your food budget by eating fast food many nights of the week. You are running around so much that you forget about dinner, so in between practices, you run the kids through the nearest fast food joint. This not only blows the food budget, but it promotes unhealthy eating habits.

  3. You take from other budgets to pay for new equipment or activities. This could turn into a major money problem.  You may not be able to afford that next activity, like the swim team your son wants to be on or the additional dance class your daughter is interested in. When you are at the point where you are dipping into other budgets, it’s time to let the children choose an activities they are passionate about and drop the others.

  4. Sports trump family gatherings. If you let sports and extracurricular activities get in the way of family time, it shows your children what is more important. They need to know that family time has priority and their activities are not always the center of the world.

Lincoln Savings Bank strongly believes in the importance of family time, so don’t let activities take over your family life. Enjoying time together can be some of the best memories your child will cherish.

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