P30 Maybe You Should Learn to Relax! 也许你应该学会放松！
These days, Chinese children are sometimes busier on weekends than weekdaysbecause they to take so many after-school classes. Many of them are learning examskills so that they can get into a good high school and later a good university.Others are practicing sports so that they can compete and win. However, this doesn'tonly happen in China.
The Taylors are a typical American family. Life for Cathy Taylor's three childrenis very busy. “On most days after school,”Cathy says, “I take one of my two boys to basketball practice and my daughterto football training. Then I have to take my other son to piano lessons. Maybe Icould cut out a few of their activities, but I believe these activities are importantfor my children's future. I really want them to be successful. “However, the tiredchildren don't get home until after 7:00 p.m. They have a quick dinner, andthen it's time for homework.
Linda Miller, a mother of three, knows all about such stress. “In some families,competition starts very young and continues until the kids get older,” she says.“Mothers send their small kids to all kinds of classes. And they are always comparingthem with other children. It's crazy. I don't think that's fair. Why don't theyjust let their kids be kids? People shouldn't push their kids so hard.”
Doctors say too much pressure is not good for a child's development. Dr. AliceGreen says all these activities can cause a lot of stress for children. “Kids shouldhave time to relax and think for themselves, too. Although it's normal to want successfulchildren, it's even more important to have happy children.”