Liliana Lengua was quoted in this Q13 article about balancing the schedule of busy kids.
Balance is key when keeping kids busy and avoiding over-scheduling
But what about balance for growing families at a time when kids seem busier than past generations?
A 2018 study of parents found 4 to 7 year olds spend 4 to 7 hours a week participating in after-school activities. For some kids, it's as much as 10 to 12 hours.
Research has shown packing too much into kids schedules can be overwhelming and lead to stress and anxiety, but data also suggests being busy has benefits.
"Kids get a lot out of being in structured activities," said Liliana Lengua, a professor of psychology at the University of Washington. "They get an opportunity to develop skills, they might have social interaction in those, they develop a lot of confidence, you learn a lot about responsibility."
The key, according to the experts, is striking the right balance for your family and situation.
Read the entire article and watch the clip here.