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over-scheduling our kids

over-scheduling our kids

As high achieving moms, many mom docs are prone to push their kids hard.  Daily I struggle to hold myself back from falling victim to this tendency.   Every time I schedule the kids’ tennis lessons, I wonder if they shouldn’t have just one more lesson?  Should they have a tutor to get ahead in math or Spanish or Something?  An extra class?  Singing lessons? How hard to push?  How much to schedule?

David Brooks’ NYTimes opinion piece reminds me to slow down and to let the poor tortured kids slow down too.  Brooks points out that college grads need to be able to explore and to find their own paths.  And, children need free time to practice exploration.  Brooks also underlines the importance of kids growing up without a constant focus on their own little beings.  Looking outside of the self is so key to building a meaningful life.  Take a look.  It is worth a read.