Are well-meaning parents over-scheduling their children's activities with the possible effect of robbing young people of the joys of childhood?
Education consultant and early childhood expert, Ms Kathy Walker, author of What's The Hurry? argues that parents who enrol their children in up to three, four or more extra curricula activities a week are contributing to the US-dubbed phenomena, the over-scheduled child - a trend that is rapidly growing in Australia.
Ms Walker, who has witnessed children arriving at preschool or school exhausted from over-scheduling, believes it's time to reclaim childhood in an over-scheduled world.
What's The Hurry? helps parents understand that raising children is about: nurturing, not training; encouraging, not controlling or forcing; modelling and setting appropriate limits; and rules at times in a child's life when they are ready and mature enough to understand them.
Other valuable information addressed in the book includes: the importance of play in children's lives; understanding children's behaviour; choosing a school; self-esteem and resilience; school readiness; children's learning and children at school. What's The Hurry? is a book that gives permission for parents to relax and not over-schedule their child, as well as providing appropriate information about a range of early childhood and school-related issues.