Risky Play Encourages Resilience
New York Times, July 2020
With the pandemic pulling parents in different directions, kids have inadvertently been given the opportunity to test limits sans parental hovering.
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All Work and No Play: Why Your Kids are More Anxious, Depressed
The Atlantic, October 2011
The decline of play has contributed to a decline in children’s mental health. Here are the benefits of free play.
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Now’s a Good Time to Teach Your Kids to Play on Their Own
New York Times, April 2020
This article outlines parenting techniques to encourage independent free play in children.
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A College Degree Is No Guarantee of a Good Life
The Atlantic, July 2020
What happens when your child announces they don’t want to go to college? One parent weighs the many pros of accepting this decision.
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DEAR THERAPIST: I STAKED MY IDENTITY ON ATTENDING AN IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL
The Atlantic, May 2020
In response to a devastated young reader’s submission, columnist Lori Gottlieb reminds us that “When one door closes, another one opens,” even when it comes to college acceptance madness.
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FORGET HARVARD AND STANFORD. IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU GO TO COLLEGE.
The Washington Post, 2015
Frank Bruni’s research finds that only about one third of CEOs at top Fortune 500 companies graduated from Ivy League universities.
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A NEW STUDY ON FORTUNE 100 CEOS: THE (SURPRISING) UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTIONS THEY ATTENDED
Forbes, 2019
“For parents and students who believe getting into an Ivy League school is a requirement for success, the educational paths of the F100 CEOs suggest otherwise.”
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THE BEST EXTRA-CURRICULAR MAY BE AN AFTER-SCHOOL JOB
New York Times, July 2022
Opinion piece by Pamela Paul outlining the skill-building benefits of jobs for teenagers.
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DR. BECKY DOESN’T THINK THE GOAL OF PARENTING IS TO MAKE YOUR KID HAPPY
New York Times, November 2021
An interview with clinical psychologist, Dr. Becky Kennedy, of the Good Inside Podcast.
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A PACKED SCHEDULE DOESN’T REALLY “ENRICH” YOUR CHILD
New York Times, July 2021
Coming back to the post-pandemic world can be a great chance to take a break from the screens and couch. However, filling your child’s schedule with extracurricular activities might just worsen their mental health.
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HOW BOOMER PARENTING FUELED MILLENNIAL BURNOUT
The Atlantic, September 2020
Baby-boomer parents spearheaded the hands-on parenting style, ushering in a culture of young adults who often struggle to stand on their own.
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MAJORITY OF YOUNG ADULTS IN THE U.S. NOW LIVE WITH THEIR PARENTS
Time, September 2020
In a tough economy exacerbated by the global pandemic, more young adults are living at home than ever before, surpassing the previous record set in the Great Depression.
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WHAT HAPPENED TO AMERICAN CHILDHOOD?
The Atlantic, April 2020
With rates of anxiety, depression and suicide on the rise for young people in recent decades, research suggests that specific changes in parenting can offer potential solutions to this crisis
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STOP TRYING TO RAISE SUCCESSFUL KIDS
The Atlantic, December 2019
In a culture that increasingly focuses on competition and achievement, today’s young people often fail to develop a strong sense of empathy. Parents can counter this by consciously reinforcing the value of kindness.
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THE AGE OF CODDLING IS OVER
New York Times, April 2020
Opinion: “I’m hoping this moment launches a change in the way we raise and train all our young, at all ages. I’m hoping it exorcises the tide of ‘safetyism,’ which has gone overboard.”
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SPARING CHORES SPOILS CHILDREN AND THEIR FUTURE SELVES, STUDY SAYS
Boston Globe, 2015
The 2015 Harvard Grant study found that those who completed chores and household tasks in childhood grew up to be happier adults with greater success in the workplace.
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KIDS WHO DO CHORES ARE MORE SUCCESSFUL ADULTS
Inc., 2017
The Harvard study specifically identified “work ethic” as a strong predictor of future success and happiness.
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MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SAY PARENTS ARE DOING TOO MUCH FOR THEIR YOUNG ADULT CHILDREN
Pew Research Center, Social & Demographic Trends, 2019
“While 61% of adults who have children ages 18 to 29 say parents are doing too much for their young adult children these days, only 28% say they themselves do too much for their young adult children.”
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THE RELENTLESSNESS OF MODERN PARENTING
The New York Times, 2018
“Social scientists say the relentlessness of modern-day parenting has a powerful motivation: economic anxiety. For the first time, it’s as likely as not that American children will be less prosperous than their parents.”
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THE NEW PRESCHOOL IS CRUSHING KIDS
The Atlantic, 2016
In 1980, 30% of kindergarten teachers expected their students to know how to read by the end of the year. By 2010, this figure had jumped to 80% of kindergarten teachers.
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HOW KIDS LEARN RESILIENCE
The Atlantic, 2016
With 51% of public school students at or below the federal poverty line, educators recognize the importance of instilling grit in the classroom, preparing kids to face an economically uncertain reality.
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KIDS OF HELICOPTER PARENTS ARE SPUTTERING OUT
Slate, 2015
“Recent studies suggest that kids with over-involved parents and rigidly structured childhoods suffer psychological blowback in college.”
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THE SHORTENING LEASH
Slate, 2014
A Slate survey finds that parents born in the 1970s experienced childhood freedoms that they now don’t allow their own children, like going to a playground alone or using the stove.
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