Friday, February 11, 2011

Raising Happy, Imperfect Children

Yet another response to the firestorm that has been generated from Amy Chua's Tiger Mother, this one from Motherlode at The New York Times:
Chua is prescribing life motivated by perfectionism—fear of failure, fear of disappointment.  Not only is this a vicious form of unhappiness, but research by Carol Dweck and many others shows that kids who are not allowed to make mistakes don’t develop the resilience or grit they need later in life to overcome challenges or pick themselves up when they do fail. Perfectionists are far more likely to be depressed, anxious, and in college, they are more likely to commit suicide.
Read the whole article here, and take heed.

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