Micromanaging daily life into a schedule of places to be, people to talk to and work that needs to be done is a reality for adults these days. There is no such thing as a "day off," as nearly everyone is accessible by phone, whether by voice, email or text. And life can be particularly frantic for parents of young children.
But it should not be that way for their kids. During the school year, children of all ages have increasingly less time to relax, play and enjoy being kids. Their days are filled with homework, seemingly endless sports seasons, private tutoring, music lessons and more. This is occurring to such an extent that the perceived innocence of childhood may be irrevocably lost to some degree in the 21st Century school year.