I think so. It seems parents are over compensating for not being available to their children. They try to hid parental guilt with superficial things. I believe children should be in a few activities but it seems the children are enrolled in more things than the parents and children can handle. They lose the fun in learning and growing.
I think so too, kid's are not allowed to be kid's anymore instead they are thrown into the deep end of life with all these exams, targets, night-classes. I think kids should be allowed to grow up naturally without all those pressures - it is no wonder we have a very stressed society.
Absolutely yes. Not mine, though. I observe the trend among our friends and it is alarming. Kids hardly have time to sleep and eat, no they actually eat in the car while on the go from one activity to another. Thus they eat junk, most of the time.
I like to have a good amount of time with them at home when I am able to be with them and sit and read and talk to them plus some outdoors time in the park.
I'm sorry, but I disagree with most of these comments. I think kids have it easy compared to the past.....
Think about school as an example - kids aren't used to doing research the way I had to do it. They can just jump online and get the information they need. Their worktime is drastically cut.
And where I live, teachers are growing more and more lenient when it comes to making sure kids complete their homework. May kids lack respect for their teachers and brush off the assignments they are given.
When I was in highschool we were penalized for handing in an assignment late. Now there are "rules" by the schoolboard where teachers can't penalize kids who hand things in late, even if there's not a valid excuse!
I assume that what you are asking is, "Are American kids today overscheduled?" If you asked the same about Korean kids, I would say yes, almost definitely. But today, no, kids have a lot different issues to worry about than whether or not they are busy all the time.
The only real requirement is that kids go to school, after that, the activities they enroll themselves in are optional. I do agree with one of the above comments, that kids rarely even have time to eat, and thus they eat junk - but this isn't the fault of society or their schedule, it is the fault of their parents. There is a such thing as healthy snacks, and even healthy quick dinners. In fact, there are a lot of them.
When I was a kid, I had maybe one extracurricular activity, but I did other stuff at home. I also ate good and was expected (but not forced) to do my own share of chores around the house. I wouldn't have considered myself incredibly busy compared to my friends, but I was happy with this. But one of my friends had about 20 billion activities always going at once, and she was just as happy and healthy as I was.
So perhaps what you should ask if you have a child of your own is, "Is my child happy and healthy?" Many kids need a lot more to do than adults, they have more energy and learning capacity, after all. So just make sure to sit down for a real dinner when they do come home!
Hmm, I would say "overscheduled" is really a relative concept, and not so easily quantifiable.
And it's definitely hard to compare between generations, since different settings engender different sets of rules and challenges.
I believe it would really depend on the kid's time management skills and his ability to manage the number of tasks on his plate.
I have friends who are immersed in so many activities and yet they score very well in their exams and excel in sports. They also go for overseas immersion programs etc.
They are very holistically well rounded and I don't know if their situations can be considered overscheduled. In fact, I think it is a good thing to have many different things happening for them as it will really allow them to harness their full potential.
Just my 2 cents
In my own experience it all sums up to "THE PRESSURE TO SUCCEED! THE PRESSURE TO SUCCEED!!!!" So yes they're overscheduled.
Absolutely. When a child has a cellphone and an appointment calendar, it isn't childhood.
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