Sunday, August 06, 2006

Are you raising a wimp?


A Psychology Today editor takes American parents to the woodshed, claiming that with their rubber-cushioned play surfaces, sanitizing gels, and invented disabilities, they are raising a nation of wimps.

Behold the wholly sanitized childhood, without skinned knees or the occasional C in history. "Kids need to feel badly sometimes," says child psychologist David Elkind, professor at Tufts University. "We learn through experience and we learn through bad experiences. Through failure we learn how to cope."

This is a very long article but written in an engaging, easy-to-follow style.

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