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How To: Avoid Overcommitting Your Kids

Posted by CPCC Blogging Team on

A parent’s guide to finding the right amount of activity for their kids.

We all know what it’s like to be over-committed. You feel frazzled, stressed, and exhausted. As you continue to live spread thin, your nerves get shot and you start to snap at people.

Now imagine that you’re experiencing all those feelings on top of learning basic social skills and figuring out what kind of person you want to be. Sound scary? Unfortunately, this is the reality of far too many American children. Our society values—even glorifies—busyness, and we start our kids young with higher-level classes and handfuls of extra curricular activities, all while expecting them to maintain a load of chores at home, finish homework, and explore the social scene.

We all tend to think that kids have boundless amounts of energy and can take on pretty much anything without getting exhausted. However, studies show that todays kids are stressed.

How can you avoid overcommitting your son or daughter? One of the best things you can do is talk to them about it. Encourage your kids to tell you how they’re feeling. If they sound like they’ve got too much going on, let them know that dropping an activity doesn’t make them a “quitter.”

If you start teaching your kids about a healthy life balance and the importance of rest at a young age, you can help them overcome the cultural celebration of busyness and free them from the cycle of exhaustion!

Do you think your son or daughter is feeling overcommitted and overwhelmed? Are you having a hard time figuring out a healthy balance of activity for your child? If so, we invite you to come to the Community Presbyterian Counseling Center. Our San Ramon, California staff can create a safe space and foster conversation to help you and your kids find a healthy life balance. Contact us today!

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