Parents' Guide: Time Flies

The race against the clock can be overwhelming

Brrrrring! The alarm goes off, and another day crammed with classes, sports, homework, appointments and sometimes jobs begins. Benjamin Franklin, no squanderer of time, would be impressed by the schedules kept by today's children. But the hectic pace takes its toll. With their kids' lives carved up into blocks of time for soccer, scouts and homework, what should parents do--and not do--to help them manage their time?

Some youngsters figure out early on how to juggle books, work and fun along with long-term goals. Nathan Moore, 17, a senior at Denver's George Washington High School, is in the National Honor Society,...

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