- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 1, 2002

Books

•"The Over-Scheduled Child: Avoiding the Hyper-Parenting Trap," by Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld and Nicole Wise (with a foreword by Dr. Robert Coles), St. Martin's Press, 2000. This book explains the harm some well-meaning parents can do when they pressure their children. Dr. Rosenfeld, a New York psychiatrist, has advice for parents on his Web site (www.hyper-parenting.com).

•"The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon," by David Elkind, Perseus Press, 2001. This latest edition of a popular child-rearing classic has good advice on not rushing into too many activities.

•"The Good Enough Child: How to Have an Imperfect Family and Be Perfectly Satisfied," by Brad E. Sachs, Quill, 2001. The author points out that pushing children can backfire in this success-oriented culture.

•"The Young Athlete: A Sports Doctor's Complete Guide for Parents," by Dr. Jordan D. Metzl, Little, Brown, 2002. In this book, a sports medicine specialist has advice for parents on everything from emotions to stress to injuries.

Association

•American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 Northwest Point Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Phone: 847/434-4000. Web site: www.aap.org. This professional medical organization has policy statements about sports and after-school activities.

Online

•Putting Family Life First (www.familylife1st.org) is a parent group based in Minnesota that urges families to find the balance between family time and time spent in activities. The site has online discussions, tips from parents and advice from experts.


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