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23. Be mindful of after school activities
I will never forget an interaction I had with a student at a private school early in my teaching career. I gave him a high-five at the end of the day and he looked back, sad.

"Aren't you excited to go home?" I asked.

"No, I have music lessons and soccer," he replied.

While activities are awesome when your child enjoys them, forcing them to participate after already working hard at school all day is a recipe for burnout. Moreover, daily unstructured time is good for kids. Take an objective look at your child's after school commitments and decide whether they're worth the investment of time and money or just making everyone more tired.