Kids today do not lead the kinds of lives that you and I did when we were young and there are certainly even more drastic differences between our children today and the childhood of our parents. Children carry their cell phones with them up and down the halls of their schools all the while text messaging their friends. There is greater accessibility to transportation and kids with working parents are often able to learn quite a bit about independence and finding activities to occupy their time.
The argument can easily be made that parents are to blame for our children’s tendencies to over-schedule their time, however at the same time children face their own pressure to be involved in many different activities themselves. Whether it is parental mistake or childhood competitiveness, you as the parent are responsible for the well-being of your children and are therefore given jurisdiction over preventing your child from becoming too busy.
You may wonder to yourself, “How am I to know if my child is too busy or just busy enough?