Signs And Symptoms You’ve Overscheduled Your Kids
BY LAURA MULLIN
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Nov 2, 2016
Overscheduled-itis (pronounced over-sched-uled-i-tis) is a common syndrome experienced by many families with insanely busy kids. It usually involves rushing around, freaking out, sometimes speeding and, quite possibly, hives.
Overscheduled-itis is not contagious, but may make you unpleasant to be around. The good news is, if caught early, it is completely treatable with some self-care approaches and a good merlot.
You may realize you have developed overscheduled-itis if:
- You arrive at ballet on time — only to realize your child is still at soccer.
- Your child arrives at his violin lesson in his bathing suit and goggles.
- Your kid starts to call the car “home”.
- The Grade 4 orchestra is actually starting to sound not bad.
- You’ve crashed Google Calendar — again.
- Your child can speak four languages, but has no friends.
- You have to explain to your kids the meaning of the word “play”.
- You sleep in the car.
- Your child has a play-date wait list.
- You hope your child catches a cold just to make it all... please... stop!!!
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Your family may have developed overscheduled-itis because:
- Your kid wants to join everything.
- Your kid doesn’t want to join anything.
- Your friend’s daughter is fluent in French so yours must learn Mandarin.
- You always wanted to learn to play the piano.
- Your child doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up.
- University is really competitive these days.
When To See A Doctor
Seek medical attention immediately if:
- You find yourself starting to think about registering for more activities.
- You start to casually inquire about the best place to sign up for hockey.
- You have had more than 3 speeding tickets this year.
- You find yourself thinking of having another child — just so you can sign up for more things.
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The treatment for overscheduled-itis varies, depending on how it presents. In addition to the lifestyle and home remedies, most treatment plans include one or more of the following:
- Staying home with your kids and eating ice cream.
- Doing nothing at least twice a week.
- Checking the refund policy on some of your child’s activities.
- Being spontaneous with your children.
- Asking yourself how YOU would like to spend the evening.
Overscheduled-itis is a curable condition. If you suffer from this malady, know that, with treatment, most sufferers can go on to enjoy a chill lifestyle, while still helping propel their children to become the successful ballerina, basket ball player, or black belt you dare dream them to be.
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