Schools are very different today than they were a decade or more ago. Children of all ages have a wide variety of different stresses within the academic setting, no less in their home life. Starting at an early age, kids hear about the need for good grades, doing well on testing, and striving to get into a good college. All of this pressure begins in elementary school where more and more time is being spent sitting and learning. There is less time to be a kid and play. Even playing sports has changed over time. Fewer kids play baseball or another sport with kids in their neighborhood. Many kids are in now on competitive teams that travel near and far for games. This adds to stresses of getting work done and keeping up with school. Staying up late to finish hours of homework after a game means less sleep and it begins a vicious cycle for growing children.
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