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Five Signs of an Over-Scheduled Child

By Ann Pietrangelo
4/29/2014 10:31:13 AM

Frequent meltdowns and emotional outbursts are signs of trouble. Soccer, martial arts, scouting, band practice, gymnastics...is your child over-scheduled and stressed out?

Dr. Adelle Cadieux, pediatric psychologist at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., says children need a certain amount of down time to be healthy and happy. "Most kids need at least some quiet time every day to promote good and adequate sleep. A half hour to an hour of quiet activity before bed is ideal. That can be hard with a super busy schedule," says Dr. Cadieux.

It's unlikely your child is going to call a meeting to discuss the family schedule. The stress of an over-scheduled calendar is likely to show itself in other ways. Cadieux shares some signs of a stressed-out child with Care2.

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5 Signs of an Over-Scheduled Child

1. "I don't feel good."

Your child has frequent headaches, stomachaches or general complaints about not feeling well.

2. Sleep Problems

Your child has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Some children react to stress by sleeping way more than usual.

3. Food Battles

Under stress, some children will turn to food for comfort. They'll eat excessively or be drawn to junk foods. Other children will lose their appetite. If your child seems to be making excuses for not eating, it may be a sign of stress.

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