Solving School Problems

Avoid overscheduling during the final weeks of school

At the end of the school year, children can often become overscheduled. They still have their regular after-school activities. They have school projects to complete and final tests. There are school plays, concerts, banquets, spring sports and other special events.

Your child—and your entire family—can become stressed and even ill.

Your child may not know when to cut back to maintain balance. You’ll need to help.

A child who is overscheduled:

  • Is irritable or mopes around
  • Can’t concentrate
  • Is restless at bedtime
  • Doesn’t finish homework
  • Picks fights
  • Starts overeating
  • Complains of stomachaches, headaches or mysterious illnesses
  • Forgets a lot

If your child exhibits a few of these signs, help her set priorities. Set aside time for homework first. Decide what activities she can cut from her schedule.

Reprinted with permission from the May 2005 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2005 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc. Source: “12 Warning Signs That Your Child May Be Overscheduled,” Scholastic Families, website.