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How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Clarke

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SO MUCH TO DO, SO LITTLE TIME

When I Was Growing Up My Parents Overscheduled My Time

I CAN’T TALK NOW. I HAVE TO GO.

—A fifteen-year-old

PARENTS, RECOGNIZING THAT IDLE HANDS are the tools of the devil and wishing to provide quality learning for their children, sometimes overschedule them.

At Jack’s house his dad and two other parents were bemoaning how little family time they share, how busy and tired they are, how seldom the family eats a meal together, and how heavily scheduled their children are. Jack’s dad pondered, “My son is in soccer, orchestra, chess club, debate, Boy Scouts, and he has a church group that meets every Wednesday night. ...

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