Experts: dangers of over scheduling kids & the effects of student burnout

Posted at 6:24 AM, Sep 14, 2017

With the new school year underway, so are extracurricular activities. But experts say, be ware of the toll that too many activities can take on your kids - and your whole family.

Whether it's dance, football, theater, voice, kids are often headed to after school activities straight from the classroom.

Burnout is a real thing and is often times the result of packing too much into an already busy schedule.

For growing youth, the lack of balance can lead to things like: sickness, irritability, moodiness, exhaustion and lack of engagement.

Camryn Cluney is a 17-year-old senior at Christian Central Academy and she knows this reality all too well.

As a junior, Camryn burned out. She was forced to cut back on things she liked, putting her health and self first - something she says can be tough for teens her age. 

For her family, especially mom Patty, watching her daughter struggle to achieve balance was difficult and ultimately took a toll on the entire family.

So, as a parent, how can you help?

Experts encourage a conversation with your kids. Talk to them about what they love about their days and what's tough.

Also, pay attention and stay in communication with teachers and those interacting with your kids after school hours.