August 20, 2006

I'm sorry, but isn't this just more lack of common sense?

From today's News Journal: Start of school means stressful schedule for kids -- After-class hours divided between band, sports & part-time jobs.

Soccer game. Ballet lesson. Band practice. Booster Club meeting. School play rehearsal.

Oh, yeah. And studying.

Classes resume this week for many Delaware students, and they have much to look forward to in addition to hitting the books.

Some are student council representatives, violinists in the orchestra, school newspaper reporters and athletes. They participate in church youth groups and Scout troops or work part-time jobs. They do all this while taking Advanced Placement classes and writing college-application essays.

Tired yet?

OK, whose fault is if they are tired? Mom and dad's? The kid's?

KidsHealth poll released this summer found 41 percent of younger children reported feeling stressed most or all of the time because they have too much to do. Seventy-seven percent of the 882 children ages 9 to 13 polled said they wish they had more free time. KidsHealth.org is owned by Nemours, which also owns the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children.

“You have to schedule your time by the hour and exactly what you are going to get done,” said Peter Briccotto, a 2006 Newark High School graduate who successfully balanced scholastics with figure skating, marching band, musicals and student activism.

To answer the above query, it's both. Kids shouldn't bite off more than they can chew. And mom and dad shouldn't let them, period. If there's any doubt about what should come first and foremost for a kid, let me make it plain: Academics and school. That's it. No "if" "ands" or "buts." If your child is feeling stressed or lacks free time, some activity (or activities) must be dropped -- and it shouldn't be homework or studying.

You'd be amazed at how many folks don't realize this.

Posted by Hube at August 20, 2006 05:04 PM | TrackBack

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It's up to the parents to know what their children can handle. I had 4 kids, three boys and a girl, and each had their own threshold of what they could and could not do. Having said this, however, I also believe it's good to keep them busy.

Posted by: Al at August 20, 2006 10:15 PM