Is Your Child Hurried?

The Worries of Hurried Child Syndrome

Definition of Hurried Child Syndrome

"A condition in which parents over-schedule their children's lives, push them hard for academic success, and expect them to behave and react as miniature adults."

Causes

  • Over-scheduling your child
  • Forcing children into stressful situations
  • Pushing your child to act like an adult
  • Enforcing what you want and not allowing the child an opinion
  • Not letting a "kid be a kid"

Effects

  • Stress
  • Over-tiredness
  • Hurried Maturity Levels
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Sexual Fears
  • Increase in Suicide levels

How Can you Prevent It? What Can You Do For Your Child?

We all want our child to grow up to become a Harvard graduate, a popular movie star/singer or become a professional athlete, but at what cost are we doing to get them there? Booking your child's schedule to the max will give them the opportunity to prosper in whatever they are doing. Although we have to see their is a downside to this.


Hurried Child Syndrome is what occurs when a child becomes overwhelmed with the pressure put on them by their parents to fulfill such a strenuous schedule. Time and time again you see kids rush to the car after a baseball game to go to their next event or obligation. When your parents have to put a calender on the fridge to plan all of your events around each other there arises a problem. Kids are meant to live their life freely, choosing what they want to do in the future, and learning lifetime values. How are they supposed to learn when they are force-fed into a particular event? How will their creative element ever come out when they have no time to think besides doing their math homework and deciding whether they should swing at the next pitch?


If you want to keep your child healthy and safe you must realize they need to make their own decisions. You can guide them into what you think they might want to do, but you can't force it. Let them be free and have time to themselves where they can learn and grow. In the end they will benefit just as much as the 5 sport athlete with perfect grades down the street.