Hurried Child Syndrome

Lindsey Kramer

What is it?

Hurried Child Syndrome is 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. This is becoming a large problem in our society today because of the pressure for everyone’s child to be smarter and bigger than another child. Parents’ aren’t allowing their children to grow up naturally, and are forcing them to be involved in too many things.

What Causes It?

Overscheduling a child is the main cause for Hurried Child syndrome. This would include being involved in various clubs, sports, and activities so they barely have enough time to focus on themselves. Another cause for Hurried Child Syndrome is pressure placed on the children by the parents. They want their child to be smarter and better than the other kids because of the competitive world we live in today. Another cause is the technology and lack of censorship we have today. Children today have access to whatever they want whenever they want, which means they could be searching things that aren’t appropriate for their age. This makes them mature a lot faster than expected.

What are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of Hurried Child Syndrome can range anywhere from upset stomach to clinical depression. The severity of the symptoms depends on the severity of the syndrome. If the child is under a lot of stress due to over-scheduling, they can have symptoms like upset stomach, ulcers, headaches, sleeplessness, and eating disorders. On the more severe end of the syndrome, children begin abusing drugs and/or alcohol, they commit in-school crime, and may even commit suicide. Some character symptoms are when they begin impersonating an adult, take on more "adult-like" responsibilities, and become more mature faster.


Hurried Child Syndrome is becoming a bigger problem today. In order to prevent the spread of this syndrome, parents need to focus on their kids. They need to love and care for their children, balance their workload, and let their children learn from their mistakes. By putting their family first, parents single handedly combat the onset of Hurried Child Syndrome. One of the most effective parenting methods focuses on their children’s needs. It is called attachment parenting and leads to the most productive and stable children. All parents need to do is be sensitive to their child’s needs, and being emotionally available to them. A type of parenting that does the opposite of this is called “snow-plow” parenting. This means that parents shield their children from to many things so they can never learn for themselves. If parents can find that balance between being there for their child and protecting their child, their child will be prepared to take on the world.