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3 Ways Overscheduling Negatively Impacts Kids & Parents

By Megan Loney, ED.S, LPC

We all want the best for our kids, and in today’s culture, that often translates into making sure they’re involved in all the right classes, extracurricular activities, and sports. This ensures they can get into the right schools and colleges, qualify for scholarships, and be successful. However, the pressures of overscheduling may be a little too much for your kids and your family to handle. Keep reading to learn a little more about the potentially adverse impacts of overscheduling. Don’t forget that the caring team at Central Arkansas Group Therapy is here offering family therapy services if you need a little extra help finding a good balance and developing a strong, stable family bond. 

Overscheduling Impacts Whole Body & Mental Health 

We all want our kids to get involved in school activities, make friends, and develop their skills, but overscheduling can actually make this more difficult for them. Instead of enjoying all their activities, many kids (and adults) find themselves feeling stressed and anxious. The overexertion can also result in compromised bodily health due to lack of rest to rejuvenate the body.

Overscheduling May Make Kids Less Interested in Activities

Have you ever heard the old saying about too many logs on the fire smothering the flames? The same is true for activities. Even if your child loves one of their activities, overscheduling can lead them to feeling exhausted and uninterested in anything. They could end up missing out on an opportunity to find the activity that they really love. 

Overscheduling can Strain Family Bonds & Friendships

Finally, when you’re overbooked, you have less time and even less energy for family and friends. We all need time alone and time off to rest and recharge, and if you’re overscheduled, that may come at the neglect of your family bonds and friendships. 

How do You Combat Overscheduling?

At Central Arkansas Group Counseling, we work with families all the time who are overscheduled and overstressed. If it’s time to start making some changes to your family’s schedule, we recommend taking some time to consider the following:

  • Is there time for you and your loved ones to do things you enjoy? 
  • Does your child actually love that extracurricular you signed them up for, or does it just look good on a transcript? 
  • When do you do your best work? Are you maximizing efforts during this time? 
  • Is your family’s schedule packed back to back or do you have buffers between activities? 
  • Are you getting enough rest, relaxation, and sleep? 
  • Are you “multitasking” when you should be spending time with family and friends or relaxing? 
  • Are you so behind on tasks that you find yourself moving from one “fire” to the next? 

Feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all? Let me or one of our knowledgeable counselors work with your family to streamline your schedules and start thriving together again. When you’re ready to get started, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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