4 Reasons to Stop Rushing Your Kids

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    From the morning rush to the after school activity rush to the homework and dinnertime rush to the bedtime rush, it seems like a lot of parents, and their kids, spend a lot of time in a rush.  And while some people claim to perform better under stress, rushing around can be a dangerous habit for kids.

    When you’re in a rush, chances are your adrenaline starts pumping.  And while that extra boost might be the very thing that pushes you (and the rest of your family) out the door exactly on time, the crash that follows isn’t good for your mental health (or theirs).  It can result in emotional exhaustion, inattention, and even feelings of depression.  You might even find that you have a serious headache… 

    It’s time to take a look at that busy schedule and find a way to slow down.

    It’s difficult to enjoy childhood when you’re always in a rush, and kids also experience negative side effects from rushing too much.

    4 Reasons to stop rushing your kids:

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4 Reasons to Stop Rushing Your Kids

Katie Hurley, LCSW is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and writer in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her BA in Psychology and Women's Studies from Boston College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She divides her time between her family, her private practice and her writing. Passionate about helping parents enjoy the ride, she provides parent education and simple strategies to take the guesswork out of difficult parenting situations. You can find her at ... More

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  1. Avatar of Nicole Nicole says:

    Tell this to the people who overload our children with homework every night so they have no time to do anything else.

  2. Avatar of nikki nikki says:

    i seem too have alot of time finding myself in a rush and im 21 wks and 3 days pregnant and i have a 6 year old little girl. I need too find alot of time too slow down and get around much earlier so i can calmly tell our little one its time too go to school or church. I really dont like the fact when i rush her and i didnt think of the emotional situations i would be putting on our daughter. This article really helped me out alot. When she is rushed for school, she tends too come home sometimes getting into trouble from school, maybe is why she does cause she is rushed.

  3. Avatar of Charavon Charavon says:

    I love this article. I like the fact that kids need down time. I need to focus on having more down time for me too.

  4. Avatar of Karleen Karleen says:

    I tell my daughter ahead of time what we will be doing next. It’s a great way for her to transition and know she has a few more minutes with her current activity. It’s working well and she’s 2 and 1/2 yrs old.