1. Consider your child's temperament. Is he or she active, social and better when scheduled? Or more low-key, preferring laid-back time at home?
2. If you do schedule activities, be sure they're based on your kid's interests rather than any pressure you may feel to structure his or her time.
3. Focus on the fun, rather than your child being the best, making the "right" team or winning every game.
4. Set parameters around screen time.
5. Consider how a decision about your child's schedule is going to affect the whole family.
6. Leave time for other important things, such as having meals together and other family time. And don't let activities disrupt bedtimes and sleep schedules.
7. Don't forget to allow a little downtime for Mom and Dad.
Sources: Allison Jessee, director of family studies at the University of St. Thomas; Julie Burton, author of "The Self-Care Solution — A Modern Mother's Essential Guide to Health and Well-Being."