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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Is Your Child Over-Scheduled?

It's always a smart thing to check your child how she's doing. Although some children may indicate different symptoms, the following are some signs to look for:
  • irritability
  • tiredness
  • excessive crying
  • overeating
  • incomplete homework
  • complaining of illness (stomaches, headaches, etc.)
  • loss of focus at school
  • declining grades

Monitor your kid's activities and behavior.
Make sure they really want to do an activity before signing up.
Evaluate the activities before letting your kids into them (how much time per activity, how far will you have to travel with your kids, will homework suffer?; how is the kid's involvement impact the family, etc...)
Prioritize activities and drop the least important.
Reduce intensity of involvement with a specific activity.
Maintain contact with your kid's teacher.
Don't feel guilty when you sometimes say "no".