Being busy is nothing new. Kids, college students, professionals, parents—just about everyone is busy, often without thinking anything of it. In fact, our bustling, fast-paced schedules have become the American way of life.
This can be a bad thing or a good thing, depending on who you are and what your situation is. But if you’re a parent or Learning Coach who’s responsible for a K–12 student, you have to worry about his or her well-being as well as your own. Is your student too busy?
How to Tell if Your Student Is Overscheduled
“Overscheduled” people aren’t simply busy—their days are consistently packed with activities, leaving them with little free time. This becomes a problem when it starts to impact the person’s well-being.
Here are some ways to tell if your student is overscheduled. He or she:
- Appears to be stressed or overwhelmed
- Easily gets frustrated or anxious
- Often feels tired or has unusual sleep patterns
- Displays different symptoms of illness
- Starts performing poorly in school
- No longer enjoys his or her activities or pastimes
- Rarely has time to spend on his or her own
- Stops spending as much time with close friends
- Participates in scheduled extracurricular activities every day
Everyone has a different threshold for activity. You could have one student who thrives on a busy schedule and another who suffers on it. It’s up to you to find the balance that best fits your student.
If you’re not sure whether your child exhibits these signs, ask yourself if ...