On most mornings our children are up at 5 a.m. They get dressed, wait in line for a bowl of porridge, which they usually eat hurriedly, and make the trek to one of a dozen schools. They return from school late in the afternoon or early evening, when they might practice music, eat something, do homework, chores, attend a life skills meeting, and finally drop into bed.

Given this grueling schedule, they still find time for activities. Since children choose the activity they want to participate in, there’s a freedom in playing music, engaging in sports or making a craft. Activities make them happy.