Jan. 18, 2017

Are Our Kids Overscheduled?

Are our kids overscheduled? Compared to our own childhoods, definitely. But is that necessarily a problem? And how are we, as parents, supposed to tell? According to Dr. Michael Thompson, author of The Pressured Child: There is a line between a highly ...


Are our kids overscheduled? Compared to our own childhoods, definitely. But is that necessarily a problem? And how are we, as parents, supposed to tell?

 According to Dr. Michael Thompson, author of The Pressured Child:

There is a line between a highly enriched, interesting, growth-promoting childhood and an overscheduled childhood…. and nobody knows where that line is.

In this episode we are all about FINDING THAT LINE. We hash out


* the myth of the overscheduled child (spoiler: it’s a myth)

* why even non-scheduled time needs to be— well— scheduled

* whether to let our kids decide how many extracurriculars they can handle

* how loving an activity, and being stressed out by its demands, aren’t mutually exclusive ideas

* how our overscheduled kids have costs for our marriages as well

* how to push back against the overscheduling creep: (rage, rage against the dawn of the travel sports)

* making a “priority pyramid” for your family

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