Carleton Kendrick, a Boston-area family therapist for more than 30 years, says he sees first-hand the consequences of â€œfast-trackingâ€ children.
Too much pressure to perform academically from teachers and parents can lead to a range of anxiety-related complaints and psychosomatic symptoms in youngsters that normally wouldnâ€™t show up until the teen years or later, he
School stress can cause young children to be worried, overwhelmed, ashamed, guilty and even clinically depressed.
For some, the stress can contribute to headaches, stomach upset, stuttering and insomnia.
â€œThe parents think something is wrong with the child â€" and not the parents and teachers and education system,â€ says Kendrick
â€œAs a therapist who has seen many children become mentally and emotionally overwhelmed by being placed on this out of control, educational gerbil wheel, I hope that parents will wake up and say â€˜noâ€™ to hurrying their children through preschool and kindergarten,â€ he