Today, NSW Community Services Minister Pru Goward released a fact sheet on family fatigue.
It seems that children who can sing, excel at sport and play a musical instrument may be accomplished but they can drive their parents mad in the meantime.
Modern parents are busy parents and so are their kids. High parental involvement is to be applauded but it can leave parents and kids exhausted.
The rise in childhood anxiety as reported by educators and health professionals indicates that the push for early success comes at a cost to children's mental health and well-being.
Most research suggests that parents should take a balanced approach to child-rearing and make sure that kids have sufficient time to be kids.One or two organised after school activities a day maximum and make sure kids have at least 60 minutes of free time each day. And kids need at least one day from after school activities off during the week.
It's easy to forget that unstructured play has huge value in terms of stress relief, learning and stimulating kids' imaginations. Kids don't always have to be engaged in productive activities to learn.
Kids are raised in an increasingly competitive environment, with parents keen to maximise their kids' potential. This "Hurried child' syndrome is a modern phenomenon, but being too busy can be counter-productive on many fronts including impacting on family life, kids' well-being and even at times on their learning.
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