How many after-school activities should a child do?

Some parents boast about their child’s long list of activities. But can it be too long

Members of the Kerry Youth Dance  show TDs why arts necessary even in times of recession.  Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Members of the Kerry Youth Dance show TDs why arts necessary even in times of recession. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Will it be ballet or basketball? Chess or computers? Scouts or soccer? Music or martial arts? Or could my child possibly do all of the above?

As primary-school pupils settle into their new classrooms, the question of what they should do after school, where and how often, preoccupies many a family.

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