Recommendations to Reach a Balance

  • Give kids ample, unscheduled time to be creative, to reflect, and to decompress
  • Encourage your children to engage in active play (running around or playing tag) in lieu of passive entertainment (video games or television)
  • Buy your children “true” toys, such as blocks or dolls, that encourage imagination and creativity
  • Spend unscheduled, unstructured time together with your kids
  • Ask your child regularly whether he feels overly tired, burned out, or overscheduled
  • Allow your children to have a say in which extracurricular activities they are involved in
  • Get involved in your child’s school and take an active role in ensuring that all kids are getting ample free time

    Children playing tag

    Children playing tag

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