Hurried Child Syndrome

~Cassie Jo Gaethke


The Hurried Child Syndrome is a condition in which parents try to hurry their kids' development. Kids are rushed to mature physically, academically, and emotionally too early. They tend to over-schedule their children's lives, push them hard for academic success, and expect them to behave and react as adults. These kids are overloaded with responsibilities.


Characteristics of the outcome of the Hurried Child Syndrome could include stress, depression, overwhelming feeling, anxiety, or unready mental, physical, or emotional personality issues of each kid. Some other characteristics could be tiredness, irritability, impatient, withdrawal, and a desire to be in control.

Long-Term Effects

  • Stress
  • Sleep disorders
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Anxiety
  • Exaggerated fear of failure
  • Controlling Behavior
  • Anti-social
  • Feeling of not knowing self


Parents could do a lot of stuff differently to possibly find a solution. They could make their kids wait to get a job until at least the age of 16. Parents could have lower standards for their kids, so they feel less pressure. Play is needed to reduce stress, allow creativity, and experience joy. Kids shouldn’t have to cook and clean for themselves until they’re ready. They shouldn't be overwhelmed and overworked. Kids need to be taught that rules are for their safety, and that when they leave, they have to because they need to be able to take care of them and support them. Children shouldn’t have to take care of themselves and not have any moral support.