A recent study has shown that;
On average, American children have eight fewer hours of unstructured playtime after school each week than they did 25 years ago, according to research by David Elkind, a professor emeritus of child development at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. Mr. Elkind attributes a “loss of the culture of childhood” to increasing parent concerns over child safety during free time and a rise in academic focus for both school time and extracurricular activities, leading to more structured, scheduled play.
What is the impact on family life of an overscheduled life of sports and activities? While the activities themselves are good, we frequently see parents who spend little time together, and families who almost never eat a meal together.