Overscheduled kids, anxious parents

Story highlights

  • Planning too many extracurricular activities for kids can stress out the whole family
  • Some parents worry their children will miss out if they don't participate in everything
  • Psychologist: Children may not experience character-building if they're spread thin
Are we, as a nation, making childhood too stressful for millions of kids?
Are we cramming them into too many after-school activities without an eye toward what lessons they'll learn about themselves?
Have we forgotten what childhood can and should be like?
These are just a few of the big existential worries that spiral out of a simple-sounding question millions of parents ask ourselves: What activities should my children be involved in?
As a dad to two young boys, I'm quickly learning what so many parents already know: It's stressful territory that involves a tough balancing act.