A mom of a teen writes:
"Actually, my daughter thinks about the future all the time, because the counselors at her high school
keep hammering it in to her that she needs to "figure out what she wants to do with her life" - and she's only 16! And I want her to do chores, but her extracurricular activities keep her so busy - the teachers in charge of them seem to think their activity is the most important. My daughter has been accused of not being "committed" enough because she doesn't spend enough after school or weekend hours on these activities (because she actually needs to study). My daughter still must do some basic chores - set the table, clear the table, load and empty the dishwasher. But she needs just about ever bit of her free time on school activities and studying. I am concerned about so much push about being "the best" in an activity."
With her school load, I think the basic chores
she is doing is enough. That said, you may want to talk with her about her schedule and how many extracurricular activities
she is signed up for, as she may not be able to keep up that pace and burnout
. Too many after school programs isn't going to make her look good to colleges it is going to stress
her out. Talk to her and help her find her balance.
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