The tendency of parents to over schedule kids is the subject of many a parenting books these days. But how much is too much--essentially what should be on your kid's schedule--is a personal decision for each family.
Some families thrive on a family schedule of enriching activities that leaves little downtime for anyone. However, others feel pushed to the edge of insanity by an ever-ballooning kids' schedule. Whatever your family's inclination, set up your kids' schedules in a thoughtful, conscious way--not simply adding activities to your family's calendar until you've reached the breaking point--and your family will enjoy themselves with less stress.
With each new proposed activity, consider these points before putting it on the schedule.