Are you over-scheduling your child's activities? - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Are you over-scheduling your child's activities?

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DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

We've all been there -- trying to figure out what sport to put our child in.

How many hours? How many times a week? How involved as a parent should we be? Do you leave it all on the field or continue to coach them at home? How much is too much when it comes to balancing your child's day?

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Child Psychologist Dr. Felipe Amunategui with University Hospital's Cleveland Medical Center says the top four signs to look out for when it comes to over-scheduling your kids activities include:

  • If they appear grumpy or overreact to situations
  • Become more emotional
  • Notice a change in their sleep habits
  • Notice that they appear overwhelmed

Amunategui said all kids are different.

"Some things to look out for - chronic irritability, your kid is grumpy, overreacts to stuff, or they become more emotional. That's usually their temperament. Those are two key signs that something could be overburdening your child. Changes in sleep habits and sometimes just feeling and stating that they're overwhelmed," Amunategui said. "If you look at their scheduling and there's very little time for downtime that would be one of my first suspicions, maybe easing up some of the schedule some of the demands in that child's life. Also return them to a more agreeable mood."

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