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The Great Parenting Debates

Shielding our Kids from Pain -- Should You Ever Ignore that Impulse?

Have you ever had to fight the urge to do your child’s homework or complete a project for him? At the recent Learning & the Brain Conference in Cambridge, Mass., my coauthor Wendy Grolnick talked about the natural human urge to shield our young from emotional, social, and psychological pain. When parents face certain pressures, however, that normal reaction can make us want to control our children. Well, why not give in to that impulse and push our kids to be successful? Read the interesting answer to that question at this just-published report from the conference.
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