What constitutes an "over-scheduled" child?
The "right" amount of scheduling varies from family to family. Educators and child-development experts say your child may be doing too much if he or she:
1. Cannot play alone or figure out what to do with un-programmed leisure time.
2. Cannot develop relationships with other children.
3. Is moody, anxious, irritable or frequently exhausted.
4. Asks to spend more time at home.
5. Has unrealistically high expectations of what he must accomplish.
6. Comes up with excuses to skip planned activities.
7. Has insufficient time to complete homework. You might also notice a drop in your child's grades, if she's too tired or too busy to complete her work.
8. Cannot make age-appropriate choices on his own.
In addition, educational consultant Nanci Goldman says "educators might notice a kid who isn't willing to risk-take and figure out problems creatively."
"They don't know how to work out differences because the time they would have had to learn these skills was totally programmed," she says. Parents aware of these problems can help their children scale back activities and provide blocks of unplanned leisure time for children to think, explore on their own or simply do nothing.