Does your family calendar need a “time out”?

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Today’s families are busier than ever. Sports, music, and other extracurricular activities may take up most – if not all – of your child’s free time outside of school. Is this helping or hurting our kids?


The American Academy of Pediatrics says free play time is an important aspect of a child’s development. All children need some time to be creative, interactive, and to problem-solve. This can be quiet time alone with toys, pretend play with friends, or even just daydreaming. The time should not be spent with electronics such as watching TV or playing video games.


Also consider sleep. If your schedule is so packed that you or your children are exhausted all the time, it’s time to take another look. Children need adequate sleep for mental and physical development. Adults need enough sleep for optimal health and stress relief.


If your household is running ragged with commitments, consider some “time out” for your whole family. It may be one of the best things you do for your child’s well-being – and your own sanity.

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