How many of us have overbooked our kids in so many activities that we are spinning and stressed out all the time? How many of us want our kids to be involved in every kind of activity, sport, and piano lesson in town?
Parents have become obsessed with over-scheduling their children. And it is not helping kids to feel better, more confident and more mature either. In fact, many times over-scheduling has made our kids more frazzled than ever and tired. They feel like they can’t possibly measure up.
Dr. Kang is a Harvard Trained child and adult psychiatrist and expert in human motivation who really cares about what is happening to our children through over activity. She argues that we should let then play and let them be kids in order for them to feel more confident and self-actualized.
Parents have this idea that they should keep shoving their kids into more and more activity for them to become better and more mature adults. But this is far from the case. Kids need to be kids from time to time. They need to hang out, and they don’t need to always be busy.
Many parents project their needs and wants on their kids by over-scheduling them. They want their kids to do more than they did so that they will be successful. But as Dr. Kang notes, when she was growing up she was not registered in any activities. And she became a very successful professional. So, perhaps parents should just let kids be more often. Then they will develop better mental health and well-being.
What a GREAT message for parents. I believe that every parent should read this very important book. It may just save your child’s life and destiny.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth