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Parental FOMO and overscheduled kids – the portrait of a modern family


by Amanda Cassidy
10th Sep 2022
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Since the pandemic paused almost every activity, a surge of scheduling to make up for lost time has seen our kids attending record numbers of extra-curricular activities. But are busier kids better kids? Amanda Cassidy reports.

I miss the way we used to play as kids – long stretches of free time where our imagination was king, nature provided the toys and spontaneity ruled. Now, like many parents, I’m a slave to my children’s activities. In fact, they are so over-scheduled since the pandemic ended that it takes two of us to coordinate their extracurricular timetable after school and at weekends. Afternoons are a flurry of ‘hurry ups’ and ‘where’s your...

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