Simplicity is the Key to Educating Children

· July 13, 2016
When educating children, expecting too much from them or giving them a series of responsibilities unfit for their age makes children experience feelings that are difficult to adjust to.

Educating children has changed a lot over the years.  There are a lot more choices and resources available now that help open perspectives to a more promising future.

Problems that are created in childhood

happy children stories

With so many things in excess right now, children have begun to develop problems that, until now, only affected adults.

Stress, depression, and difficulties concentrating are only a few of the obstacles that are becoming more prevalent in younger children.

Are children to blame for this?  Are we educating children correctly?  The truth is that this question isn’t about how to raise our kids, but how to slowly give them what’s in front of them.

Surely you’ve heard a child say they don’t have time, they’re involved in 3 extracurricular activities and several other things that only “limit” their childhood.

Childhood is a time to be lived and enjoyed, just like many other times in life.  Childhood is also very important because this is when the majority of their psychological development takes place.

If they become overwhelmed and start to develop symptoms of stress and depression, they could develop psychological or behavioral disorders in the not-so-distant future.

When “a lot” becomes “too much”

parents watching how child paints

Children today are “safe.”  Their only worries consist of fights with their parents, going to school, and dealing with the list of activities that they’re signed up for.

But what’s going on?  If they’re “safe” and living “well,” why do they experience so many problems?  Children have learned to be cautious; a lot of kids have even lost that innate curiosity that no one should ever lose.

The big problem is that they are exposed to large flows of information that are hard to process.  It’s even hard for us.  That’s why being exposed to so much stimuli causes such stress that they’re incapable of tolerating.

All this causes children to grow up quickly, going through their different stages without enjoying it.  They don’t live their childhood the way they should, which could cause them serious problems that are difficult to solve later on.

The foundations of excess


To summarize, you could say that this excess is based on 4 fundamental things that cause all these problems when educating children:

  • Too many belongings: Our grandparents had hardly anything more than clothing, and with any luck, a toy.  But now children have everything, which stops children from valuing things the way they should.
  • Too much information: The fact that they are involved in more than one extracurricular activity that occupies a significant amount of time.  They need to focus on their basic classes and then, perform well in other complementary classes.  All this information leaves children saturated and unable to process information correctly.
  • Too many options: There are so many possibilities that insecurity and stress starts to bubble up in young children.  What should they choose?  Where should they go?  These are the questions they’ll have to deal with not only as a child, but throughout the rest of their lives as well.
  • Too fast: Time passes too quickly, which is why you should make the most of it.  But children are hardly aware of time.  This is a good thing, because they can enjoy it more.  The big problem is that we don’t let them.  We prevent them from enjoying the moment as it should be enjoyed.

Educating children means that the parents need to be the responsible ones, but before looking at all the options, or saturating small children with all this and exposing them to stress that older people feel, it’s important that you let them live.  

father and mother reading in bed

Childhood can only be lived once.  It’s a time to enjoy, to build friendships, and grow, but much less aggressively in future generations.

If you already suffer from stress, anxiety, and depression from an early age, what’s going to happen when you’re older?