I never thought it would happen to me, but it did. The societal pressure to put my children on the achievement treadmill started to influence some of my parenting decisions. All parents want to give their children experiences to help them grow into successful adults, but sometimes we go overboard. Children today often have schedules crammed full of sports’ practices, dances classes, education enrichment programs, art classes and even programs teaching them reading and math. Like any good parent, I wanted to make sure that my sons were being given every opportunity to reach their full potential, and sometimes we are lead to believe that filling our children’s lives with classes and activities is the way to do this.