Posted by: notdeaddinosaur | July 27, 2009

Over-Scheduled Children

Much has been made of children with so many scheduled activities that they spend their entire day running from one to the next, with no time left to do anything else. Playing; daydreaming; just being; all are vitally important for children to develop into complete people that this ubiquitous over-scheduling runs the risk of hindering our kids’ lives rather than enhancing them.

I get a call from a patient who, last time I heard from her, was pregnant:

She: Hi, I’d like to schedule an appointment for a newborn checkup.

Me: Ooh! You had the baby. How was it? What did he weigh? (etc. ad cuteness) (because of course why would she be calling for a newborn appointment if she hadn’t had the baby yet?)

She: Um, actually, the C-section is scheduled for next week. I just wanted to get the appointment made ahead of time.

Now that’s what I call organized. She, on the other hand, had this comment:

“Talk about over-scheduling our children.”


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