Another great piece from the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.
What if the very things you did to give your child a leg up could actually hurt their chances for success? What if too much of a good thing – lessons, toys, even choices – had the opposite effect, putting your child at a disadvantage?
Family counselor and best-selling author Kim John Payne, M.Ed., says this is exactly what’s happening in modern parenting. Some children, as a result, are nudged toward anxiety disorders, ADHD or bullying.
Every parent hopes to unleash their child’s boundless potential. They buy heaps of toys and books whilst signing their child up for classes to maximize learning, enrichment and experiences. Yet before long, parents are providing so much stimulation that it interferes with their child’s development, thwarts their child’s concentration, blocks their creativity, drains their resilience and even rattles their sense of security.
Go read the rest over there.