Thursday, December 9

The "Jewish Mother" @ School

There's nothing so stereotypical as the the worrying Jewish mother--but is she (and her not-so-calm husband) part of a larger phenomenon on the scene in playgrounds, birthday parties, and in the SCHOOLHOUSE?

In an essay entitled "Nation of Wimps" Psychology Today reports on some questionable or disturbing trends--and what they mean for the school and the teacher. Article summary:
Parents are going to ludicrous lengths to take the bumps out of life for their children. However, parental hyperconcern has the net effect of making kids more fragile; that may be why they're breaking down in record numbers.

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