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Inside Highlights July 2018: Ask Arizona®

Help! I Over-Committed Myself. I’m Losing Stuff and Getting All Mixed Up.

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Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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Slow down. Take stock. Cut back.
Ask Arizona July 2018

Few things make kids’ lives crazier than taking on more obligations than they can handle, which is precisely what Arizona found out the summer she committed herself to way too many activities. Staying organized seemed impossible. She went to the pool without her swimsuit, karate without her gear—and that’s not even counting stuff that went wrong because she kept track of her schedule on tiny bits of paper.

So here’s what Arizona told Busy Beyond Belief in Boston, who had the same problem:
  1. Try not to sign up for too many activities.
  2. Create a system to keep track of the obligations you have; your parents may have suggestions.
  3. If your life improves, great. If it doesn’t, be realistic, reassess your routine, and if you have to, cut back.

Tips for parents: Find this month’s Ask Arizona story on pages 40–41 of the July 2018 issue of Highlights. Continue the conversation using the prompts that follow and the reading comprehension boosters below.

Conversation Starters:

  • Do you ever feel you have a lot to do but you lack the time and energy to do everything well?
  • Have you ever forgotten to bring equipment to practice or supplies to an activity because you had too much on your mind?
  • Would you feel less stressed if you had less to do—or are things fine the way they are?
  • Which of your activities do you like best?
  • Which activities could you do without?

Reading Comprehension Questions:

  • Which activities did Arizona hope to do over the summer?
  • What did her mom mean when she said, “You might be biting off more than you can chew”?
  • What happened when Arizona tried to meet all of her obligations at once?
  • What did Arizona do to keep track of her schedule?
  • Did her system work?
  • What did Arizona tell Busy Beyond Belief in Boston to help get a schedule under control?

How many books do you currently have in your house? Include books on tape, audio books, and eBooks, as well as all hard and soft cover books that you own or have borrowed. Select one answer below.

Parents Talk Back
How many books do you currently have in your house? Include books on tape, audio books, and eBooks, as well as all hard and soft cover books that you own or have borrowed. Select one answer below.
1 to 10
4% (3 votes)
10 to 20
4% (3 votes)
20 to 50
7% (5 votes)
50 to 100
14% (10 votes)
More than 100
70% (48 votes)
Total votes: 69