Hurried Child Syndrome

Nathan Stefan

What is Hurried Child Syndrome?

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

Courtney: What is Attachment Parenting?

The form of attached parenting is supposed to be the best type of parenting giving the children the time they need to be a kid. Such as letting them play and have fun without being stressed out. Attached parents keep their kids close to them and usually a parent is at home instead of sending the child to a day care to grow up they stay at home with them giving them time with the parents and time to grow up and still be a child.

Don't Rush Your Child Warns Psychologist David Elkind

Hurried Child Syndrome can cause serious problems for children in their later years. Kids being forced to grow up faster may end up having other serious conditions, or effects, on a child. A child can have drug and alcohol abuse, sexual fears, stress related illnesses, and sadly can increase the attempts of suicide. Elkind says everywhere he goes he feels kids are being unparented and neglected. He recalled that a 12 year old boy said to him that since the boy was six, the boy has gotten himself ready for school and made his own breakfast because his parents would go to work early. This is in fact a sign of hurried child syndrome this shouldn't be happening.

Samantha: Monday Musings – Are Our Kids Growing Up Too Fast?

Samantha says technology is the reason why children are growing up to fast. She says this can speed up a child because technology is always growing larger and faster and with that kids will need to keep up with the times. Kids are watching more and more highly rated tv shows and movies making the things they listen to more mature so the kids know more. I believe this leads to how kids want to dress because they see the people on TV dressing like it so they want to as well because it makes them feel pretty or cool.


I have never really heard of this hurried child syndrome before we started looking at it in our history class. I think this is a big problem in the united states and maybe more countries as well. the kids today are always dressing like they are older such as putting makeup on and adult looking cloths. Also the technology is a big impact on how kids act today because they see all the adults have technology so they want it as well. I would say Courtney's story on attached parenting really is what parents should do to prevent there children getting this syndrome. Over all learning about this syndrome has made me realize that when I am older and have my own kids I will try my best to control the outcome so this does not happen to them.