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9 Surprising Ways You Might Be Over-Parenting Your Child

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Over-Scheduling


Helicopter parents sometimes have unrealistic academic, athletic, and artistic goals for their children, resulting in jam-packed schedules. The down side to this? Kids may be left with no free time to discover and develop their own interests, thus diminishing their creativity.

Allow your child to develop his own interests. Try to keep after-school activities to one per season, and avoid pushing your child if he decides there is one he doesn't want to continue pursuing. And remember, free time allows your child to read, play, and use his imagination. What could be wrong with that?

Next: Setting Strict Routines

September 1, 2014



Don't forget to hydrate! Forego sugary juices and sodas and pack a bottle of water in your child's lunch. If your child likes a little more flavor, spice it up with lemon, lime, cucumbers, or fresh fruit.


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