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Saturday, September 04, 2004

 

Get Involved With Your Kids, But Not Too Much

Here's a good Seattle Times article on overinvolved parents. Some interesting thoughts from it:

More parents feel that they are somehow neglectful if their kids are not taking advantage of every learning opportunity and activity. This leads to overscheduled, stressed-out kids.

Children struggling in school performed better when parents took a hands-off, positive approach rather than a critical, controlling one. Parents should offer encouragement and support, but let the child develop his own problem-solving skills.

The more you step in, the more your child becomes dependent on you for the next time. Parents can't constantly rescue children from every mistake. Kids have to slip and stumble sometimes for their long-term growth.


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