5 Signs Overscheduling Is Hurting Your Kid's Health

A hurried kid does not a happy kid make. Plus, overscheduling can actually take a health toll on kids. Here's how to tell if your child is overbooked -- along with solutions for keeping him and the family stress-free (11 Photos)

Cleveland Clinic/360-5.com on Aug 22, 2012 at 11:42PM

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5 Signs Overscheduling Is Hurting Your Kid's Health

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The Fix: Take inventory

Step back and take inventory with your kid, Dr. Richards suggests. “First, listen to the language they use to describe different activities.” It may be that they no longer enjoy their once-favorite sport because they are putting so much pressure on themselves, but they don’t want to feel like they are disappointing you or the team (that’s especially true for high-achieving kids). Instill the importance of paying attention to signals they’re getting from their body. Try things like designating at least one evening and weekend afternoon as unscheduled time (for hanging out at home or with friends).

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