It starts as competition among parents to have the kid who is the best at everything. Karate, Little League, soccer, violin.
And then one day that kid's in high school, and those parents are still pushing that kid to do many things and to do them all brilliantly, which will, of course, look great on college applications.
Although it might seem that this is the only way, it's not. We just have to keep reminding ourselves of that. Click right here to read a great piece on overscheduling our kids and the stress that accompanies our ridiculous family schedules.