How to Tell If Your Child Is Too Competitive
6. He’s Running Himself Ragged
Success may be sweet, but being happy and balanced is even sweeter. Signs that your child is too busy or stressed out: He’s
always tired, he’s lost interest in things that used to be fun, he’s become moody or he’s stopped connecting with friends.
What to do about it: You don’t have to make him drop out of his honors classes or quit the swim team … yet. Instead, figure out: Does he love his activities or is he trying to pad his resume for college admissions? Yes, it’s a competitive world, but if you fear for your child’s sanity, make him choose at least one activity to drop and then see if the situation improves. If nothing else, guard his weekends, making sure that he has at least one day with a few hours of downtime.
-Written by Allison Kade, with reporting by Jessica Kraft
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