Tuesday, December 2


If you try to push your child to maximize his or her potential, make the most out of opportunities, you may end up with a whiny, immature, self-centered brat. Be warned. (The great thing about The New Yorker is that it is fun to read even when it is kvetching.)


At 2:41 AM, Blogger Tamar said...

You're right about The New Yorker-- always a good read.

I think the overparenting aspect of this is when parents are doing for their kids rather than encouraging them to job-share and do some things for themselves. Wanting your child to reach his potential is a natural instinct-- grabbing it for him/her and handing it on a silver platter, another matter....

I write about striking the balance between our empathy for our kids when they are struggling and our role in encouraging our kids to stretch and grow themselves. This is the subject of my new book: Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking: Powerful, Practical Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Resilience, Flexibility and Happiness. If you'd like to check it out, you can read an excerpt at www.freeingyourchild.com

Tamar Chansky


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