“The Hurried Child,” by David Elkind’s, expresses the different ways that children are forced to grow up too quickly in society. Elkind states that. With the first edition of The Hurried Child, David Elkind emerged as the voice of parenting reason, calling our attention to the crippling effects of. Examines the pressures–from peers, parents, school, and society–imposed on today’s children and offers advice on how to cope with the problems brought on.

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The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon

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In our competitive, fast-paced world, parents want their kids to excel in every field. Growing Up Too Fast. Describe the Hurried Child Syndrome.

It is a set of stress-linked behaviours, which result when a child is expected by his parents to perform well beyond his or her level of mental, social or emotional capabilities. Other reasons are a result of current commerce. The consumerist market is taking advantage of this fact, which in turn is affecting children.

How are children being affected?

Hurrying can lead to a wide range of childhood, teenage and adulthood crises. If children are offered the stresses of adulthood, they will also exhibit the ailments of adulthood. One of the effects of excessive expectations by parents is stress.

Also, stress-induced psychological problems such as depressionnot getting along with chilld, anxiety, crying, stuttering, and sleep issues can follow. The most common physical symptoms include stomach ache, diarrhoea, nervous twitches, headaches, hyperactivity, stammering, muscle tension and bed-wetting. The number of children and adolescents suffering from — one or more — stress-related symptoms has increased dramatically over the last two decades.

Once Sigmund Freud was asked what eventually happened to the street-savvy shoe shine boys of Vienna when they grew up.


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Parents fail to understand this — growing up fast can mean NOT going very far in life. No, there are multiple reasons. Most parents demand more from their children.

Other reasons are competition between parents, small families and overinvestment in each child etc. I think, in most cases, it is just a matter of necessity; parents need the children to take more responsibility than before when only one parent worked.

What do you mean by age-appropriate demands? You have to match the responsibilities given to your child with his age and actual ability. For example, you can ask a two-year-old to pick up his toys and clear his plate from the dining table but daviid cannot expect a year-old child to understand the differences in your marriage or your divorce hutried. How big is the price?

There are many different forms of play and a child learns different values from each, like co-operation, persistence, compassion and so much more. Playing also teaches children about their own powers and abilities. It educates them chilx how to interact co-operatively with peers, and it makes them understand the limits and the constraints of reality For epkind, when they interact with kids their age, they automatically learn appropriate social behaviours, such as sharing, co-operating, and respecting the property of other children.

It teaches them to be tolerant, and may even help control hurrjed behaviour. What can parents do to build a healthy culture of play? It is a question of balance. Childhood has moved indoors and that is not going to change. Parents just need to insist, chhild show by example, that time on c o m p u t e r siPhones, iPads, etc. Do you believe children lose their innocence too early these days?

Of course, there are children who have huried experienced violence, natural disasters, suffered abuse, and they have abiding scars. For example, most children do not understand death in the biological sense, until they are eight or nine, despite their constant exposure to it via the media. How can one prevent raising a hurried child?

The most import thing is for parents to distinguish between their own needs from those of the child.