Positive Parenting: How much is too much?
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Back to school isn't just homeroom and homework. It's also football, music, dance, gymnastics, you name it. So how do you know if your child is getting a little too involved in those extra-curricular activities? Robyn Greene offers some advice in this edition of Positive Parenting.
Greene says, "We certainly live in a culture where our kids are expected to succeed, be the best, and try new things. But before my daughter starts school, I wanted to know how much is too much for our children? I found an interesting article on CNN that featured a clinical psychologist. She says, while it's important for kids to experiment and try new things, parents need to make sure they know that they are not defined by what they do. Instead, students should use all those activities to figure out who they are. Instead of worrying too much about whether you're doing enough for your kids, enrolling them in enough classes after school, experts say we should instead be focusing on building their confidence, and supporting them in whatever they choose to do.
"Also, I've seen several experts say that too many parents try to instill a competitive nature that is just too grown-up for many students. If you notice your child feeling anxious, stressed, or having trouble sleeping, it may be time to cut back. Instead of urging them to be the best at everything, we should focus more on making sure they're just having fun being kids." -- Robyn Greene, Positive Parenting