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Excessive early education raises danger of burnout

Rigorous early education for toddlers is a threat to their emotions, criticised special education teacher and psychotherapist Katharina Bieber at a conference of "Lebenshilfe" in the educational centre of St. Virgil.

Excessively promoted children are more likely to suffer from burnout in their future jobs. Some toddlers have to learn Chinese, play an instrument and do sports when they are only three years old. If their day is full of additional support classes, the relationship between child and parents suffers.

According to Ms Bieber, it is fine to encourage children’s talents and support their interests, as long as parents avoid sending their children to rigorous programmes.

If children are emotionally drained and drilled at the same time, they will become ill more easily.

"It is not enough to base your work on rational grounds and acquired skills. The job should be organised on the basis of self-conception. Health insurance companies and taxpayers are eventually responsible for negative developments, because excessively promoted ‘racing horses’ will not hold out", said Ms Bieber.

The therapist is aware of two different trends in child education at the moment.

"There is a huge difference between the rich and the poor, and it is the same with the promotion of children. Some parents let their children watch TV or play computer all day, and some deny them any free time. It is important to find the balance – to have experiences with your children and thereby promote them. There is often a lack of time for the kids", criticised Ms Bieber.

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