February 06, 2014

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND BURNOUT

For millions of parents around the world, the day does not end with the school bell. There are still pictures to be painted, songs to be sung and games to be played. This all adds up to keeping children happy, safe and out of trouble. But, parents have to steer away from going overboard. Many children attend piano classes, followed by ballet and squeeze in some time for play dates in between just before they rush home in time for bed. This rigor is too much for a child. So, go slow. Often, parents enroll their child in an activity to discover that he may not be the prodigy they thought he would be. Your child may not become the next wonder-kid. But, let him cultivate an interest that he enjoys. At the end, happiness and fulfillment are all that matter.