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scheduled activities for children, early academics, competition, unstructured play, parenting in the 1980s


This short article on family living appeared in Broome County Living magazine, published by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, New York, and is part of a collection of such articles available on the Open Repository at Binghamton University. This article explores the role of structured programs in children’s lives, exploring issues such as finding the appropriate balance of such programs and free play time, along with completion resulting from intensive programming for children. Changing family structures are cited as supporting the demand for more out-of-home programming for children. Suggestions are provided for vetting programs for developmental appropriateness and other criteria.