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Are your kids overscheduled?

February 13, 2015

Here’s a great idea…
 “As a general principle, there is a line between a highly enriched, interesting, growth-promoting childhood and an overscheduled childhood. And nobody knows where that line is.” –Michael Thompson, a clinical psychologist and the author of “The Pressured Child” 

In other words…
Enrichment activities are important for child development, but so is non-scheduled free time. The trick is finding the balance between offering children opportunities and overburdening them with expectations.  That balance will be different for each individual child.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
Answering the following questions will help you determine your child’s interests and emotional readiness to commit to extracurricular activities.

  • When looking at your child’s schedule, is the motivation for all the activities coming from you or your child?
  • Are they happy and learning or stressed because of lack of time for homework and sleep?
  • Have you reserved time for you and your child to be together as a family? Healthy child development requires both quality and quantity time with their families.

To find out more…
about parenting, check out Getting Our Hearts Right: Three Keys to Better Relationships, The Parenting Journey or See the World Through My Eyes programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You can also read You and Your Adolescent by Laurence Steinberg or Putting Family First by William J Doherty and Barbara Z. Carlson.

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