The Hurried Child

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Most children in present society are rushed through the course of life, missing and blurring the lines of major milestones. They have been exposed to and experiencing too much of the wrong things. Parents and the general society are pushing this generation to becoming mini-adults that seem mature, but is not yet developed enough to actually be mature. As a result, the children become frustrated and stressed, leading to the development of disabilities and disorders. Parents and society needs to not only become aware of, but to also take charge of the mental condition of the next generation.
The term “hurried child syndrome” is defined by the Urban Dictionary as “a condition in which parents overschedule their children's lives, push them
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This misconception is too vague and broad. We are all contributing to shape the next generation, but a child’s parents hold the most responsibility.
Expectations of human behavior and knowledge have been rising generation after generation. Parents push their children because want their children to thrive and succeed, not being aware of the natural mental development. Not only are the children competing with their peers, the parents are also always competing. They compete with one another as to who has the better child. The peer pressure from both the children and the parents causes the children to be hurried. As one child is hurried to over achieve another, the others must “step up their game up” just to catch up. This pushing effect never ceases to stop or reverses, since the parents are too afraid to let their child fall behind, and too afraid to lose face in the community for not having a “mature” child.
Although Elkind dedicates an entire section on the school dynamic of hurrying children, the main reason school is a dynamic is only in the parents’ request. The school – public or private – is a business. The principals and teachers are those who are working for the business, and the parents are the customers. Parents put their students in certain schools, paying a certain amount of money while expecting a certain result. The parents repeatedly request for improvement in

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