Larry Mantle

Overscheduled kids

...is one of the most popular topics we do on AirTalk, with seemingly everyone having a strong opinion about whether “enriching” children’s lives can harm childhood.

For disadvantaged kids, we hear so often about how they benefit from their parents’ financial sacrifices to give them experiences beyond what is available in school.  Even that modeling of parents going the extra mile is probably a powerful motivation for kids to embrace learning and personal growth.

We also hear about the over-scheduled child with no time for puttering, thinking, creating, or disorganized play -- despite most of us agreeing that kids need time for these non-goal oriented activities.

So where is the balance?  Tuesday morning on AirTalk, we’ll try to answer that question.  I welcome your input here.

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