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Overscheduled Kids

The Best Gifts I Can Give My Children To Ensure Their Success

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.04.2016 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

It was under the tree house where my siblings and I would play restaurant, serving up birdseed soup and mud pies. It was in the big red barn that we would play hide-and-seek. It was on the tire swing where we would shout out made-up songs. It was on the screened-in porch where I spent hours filling notebooks with story ideas. We drank from the outdoor water pump after spending a day playing mermaids and Marco Polo in the swimming pool. We would make bouquets out of my mom's flowers and ride bikes up and down the big hill, stopping by the apple trees for a snack.

Of Course I'm Stressed, I'm In College

McKenna Bulkley | Posted 06.21.2015 | College
McKenna Bulkley

When my eye started twitching fairly consistently for about week, I was annoyed. I can't be talking to customers or writing an essay if my eye won't stop twitching. The doctor's orders were to "Get more sleep, drink less caffeine, and alleviate stress."

What I Learned During Our Week Of Doing Nothing

Wendy Wisner | Posted 04.26.2015 | Parents
Wendy Wisner

Seriously, what more is there than this? Being together with the people I love most. That's all there is in this world, really.

6 Reasons It's Easier To Raise A Teenager Today Than Ever Before

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling and Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.03.2014 | Fifty

Many people are under the impression that teenagers -- buried face down in their smartphones -- are tough to handle. But that's not necessarily the ca...

Preparing Kids for Summer

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 07.27.2014 | Hawaii
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

It's never too early to introduce journaling with young children. I have fond memories of my son and his paper-filled binder from two summers ago. At five years old, he wasn't a fluent reader or writer, yet he was immensely proud of his personal journal.

Want Your Preschooler To Succeed? Make Sure He Gets A Nap

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

If you want your preschooler to get a leg up on school, the best thing you can do may be to make sure he gets a nap after lunch.

The Case Against Summer Camp

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.04.2013 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Self-sufficiency isn't something most kids are born with. The school year, with its rigorous after-school sports and activity schedules, doesn't offer this sort of platform for learning how to be alone, or for knowing how to create their own fun -- a skill that's not only a good thing but also essential.

What I Finally Realized My Family Needs Most

Kerry Lyons | Posted 04.19.2013 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

I yearn for those moments. I yearn for lazy Saturday mornings spent lounging in pajamas -- not for my sake (although, it sure would be nice to catch up on some sleep!), but for our sake. We need them. We cherish those moments. And they are far too rare.

I Am The Anti-Soccer Mom

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Robin O'Bryant

I feel guilty because my kids don't do enough, then feel guilty when I make them participate. I came to the point where I had to make a decision for our family.

No More Mr. Rogers: How Simplicity Parenting is the Way to Prepare Kids for a Complex Future

Kim John Payne | Posted 08.27.2012 | Parents
Kim John Payne

Subjecting a child to a life of highly structured and fast-paced activity in order to prepare him/her for the world is a well-meaning falsehood and a more than serious mistake.

Summer is Over! (Well, Almost): The Mad Dash for Summer Camps and Classes

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 06.04.2012 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

I stayed up till after midnight last night to handle a crisis. A popular local summer program had announced it would be opening its online registration at exactly 12:00:00 AM, and word on the street was that if I wanted a particular camp, I needed to log-in precisely at that moment.

10 Signs Your Kid Is Way Too Busy

M. Lin | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
M. Lin

The epidemic of overly-scheduled kids has caught the attention of educators, doctors and child psychologists over the past few decades. And not surprisingly, overscheduling kids leads to the same stress-related health and psychological problems that overscheduled adults experience.

Katherine Bindley

Overbooked Kids? How To Manage The Stress | Katherine Bindley | Posted 10.29.2011 | Parents

Modern dance class. Lacrosse practice. Chinese lessons. With school starting, you may be evaluating your kids' schedules and how much they can manage....

Katherine Bindley

Birthday Parties For Kids: Managing The Overkill | Katherine Bindley | Posted 10.03.2011 | Parents

Dr. Bill Doherty, a therapist and director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota, decided children's birthday part...

Embracing An Ordinary Childhood For Your Kids

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

None of this will help them get into college -- or, sheesh, high school! But all these things will be an advantage in life -- now and later -- because they are likely to lead to happiness.

Are We Over-Scheduling Our Children?

Laura Vanderkam | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Laura Vanderkam

Studies find that for all the angst about kids' schedules, most kids spend surprisingly little time on homework and organized activities. Indeed, many kids would be better off if they did more.