By Marni Fogelson-Teel
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A common rookie parenting mistake is to give a young child too many choices or fill their proverbial dance card with too many activities. The well-intentioned strategy seems like it should be a positive parenting technique that will help kids know their own minds, or become mature and knowledgeable about the world around them while never missing out on a single educational or extracurricular opportunity. But experts are finding that the increasing complications of childhood can backfire in a big way. With rising rates of social and behavioral issues including ADD, not to mention increasing amounts of stress and anxiety about the world around them, advocating for and adopting a simplified childhood may be the best lifestyle medicine. So, what does simplifying childhood actually look like? Read on to find out.