Posts Tagged ‘extracurricular activities’

Parents as the Problem: Why We Need to Stop Over-Scheduling & Stressing Our Kids

Children learn through play. We see it, we hear it, we know it, yet as parents many of us seem to, at some point in our children’s early development, forget it. We no longer think they should have long, lazy days on a playground and rather expect them to sit at a desk. We do not encourage them to be active and creative, but rather to work at a desk and in front of a computer. We completely forget that there is no substitute for 3-D learning and hand our children an iPad claiming we don’t want them to fall behind so we must educate them with all the latest technology.

Our society seems to have come to a point where kids no longer get to just be kids. Between school and extracurricular activities, there is no time for simple existence, reflection, imagination and creative play. We aren’t building budding architects with wooden blocks, but rather with Auto-Cad and 3D printers for kids. While clearly there are some benefits to the new-fangled technology, our persistent state of overdrive with our children may also be causing mental, emotional and physical stress that is simply too much for their young bodies.


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Tips For Helping Your Child Adjust to a New School

As parents, we all want our children to be safe, happy, and healthy. We hope that as they start school, the first big step toward independence, they make friends easily, find a great group of peers, and excel in a fun, engaging classroom with a wonderful, caring teacher. During the transition from either home or preschool to the larger, educational environment of the public school system, we as parents worry that our children will be lost in a larger system, left behind, or bullied. This exciting (and nerve-wracking) time can be an adjustment period for everyone in the family.

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Juggling After School Activities

School is almost back in session. You pull out your calendar, wistfully flip past the empty summer months pages, and get ready to fill up your days again. You know that even when the school day is over, your day is far from over. Once you hustle the kids in the door from the bus, grab them a bite to eat, and make them do a few pages of homework, next come the piano lessons, soccer practice, and Boy Scout meetings. Take a deep breath Mom. Let’s start the school year off right by learning how to juggle those after school activities with ease!

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