Over scheduled kids are pretty easy to spot. They are always getting into cars, putting on uniforms of some sort, or wolfing down yet more meals on the go. They are adapting very nicely to a drive-thru life.
Why are we over scheduling our kids?
Over scheduled kids stay out of trouble, right?
In the effort to keep kids out of trouble because they have too much time on their hands, parents have tipped the scales unwisely in the other direction and the result is a society of over scheduled kids.
Now the trend is to sign your kids up for everything–from sports to dance to music to art–in hopes of keeping them too busy to get into any kind of mischief. Parents are so worried that “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” that they overcompensate with activities to fill up nearly every hour of the day.
While it is truth that getting kids involved in activities to help them grow in self-esteem and self-confidence is a good and positive thing, there is such a thing as going too far.
I believe that every kid needs to find his niche, something he likes to do. Whether it is sports, music, art, collecting bugs, or running a lemonade stand. When kids own things, it gives them a cause, a sense of identity. But it’s also important for parents to keep the scales balanced between their kids doing too much and doing too little. And you’ll know they are out of balance when you see some of these signs: Continue Reading.
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