I agree with everyone who says let kids be kids and enjoy life a little. School is very, very competitive today. Everyone wants their darlings in the gifted classes, parents want their kids to excel at some kind of sport, if your kid doesn't make the honor roll it's a disgrace of sorts... National Junior Honors Society requires 40 hours of volunteer work per year (not so easy as it sounds- can't volunteer at a for-profit organization so it really narrows your choices). Never felt that kind of pressure as a kid, but my kid sure does. It's real. It's real competitive today, make no mistake. Kids need to have time to chill and not feel on edge so much.