Did you know that overscheduled (& overstressed) kids are at higher risk of experiencing depression and anxiety? They can also show an overall lack of imagination or creativity and have fewer problem-solving skills. Finding a healthy balance between school, activities, and play can mean the difference between a well-adjusted child and a stressed-out one. Sometimes it can be tricky to know what that balance point is, but if your child is showing any of the following symptoms, it may be time to reconsider the schedule:
Kids generally need at least a few days each week where they have nothing scheduled, as well as ‘free-time’ every day. Where possible, prioritise outdoor play during ‘free time’ (rather than sedentary activities), as this is where the truly creative play happens….and usually the exercise too! Being outdoors also has a calming effect and reduces stress! If you find that you are overscheduled, decide (together) which activities to cut, postpone until next term (or season), and which to continue. Think of how that can lighten the broader family ‘load’ and create a little more calm for mums and dads too.