Monday, October 06, 2003

What About Childhood?

I'm loathe to link to the National Post, which I consider to be absolute garbage, but I wanted to keep track of this article: Structure comes first. "The highly scheduled, multi-tasking child is the goal of the many parents who believe that to give their children a head start they need to get them on the fast track early." We feel this pressure with Ivy already, even in the questions you get on the playground: is she in swimming lessons yet, gymnastics, ski school this winter? I can only imagine it gets much worse with older kids, when you factor in school performance and organized sports. But the whole thing doesn't feel right to me. Not a bad spot to link to Rob's book excerpt, called 15 ways to ruin your child.

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