Last night Mr. Understanding and I attended a talk by renowned psychologist and author Michael Thompson. Most of you, especially if you have boys, probably have a book or two of his on your shelves. The subject last night was “the pressured child”. Stressing your kid (and you) out about college appears to be pandemic, even from the tender age of five. Only a third of children attending school enjoy it. And apparently, by the age of ten, children have slotted themselves into their roles for life; by then, you know your limits and where you line up in the pecking order. As he succinctly put it, are we preparing the path for our children or paving it for them? I have probably bungled his message but you get the gist. If you ever get the chance, go see him give a talk.
Question of the day: how much do you help your children with their homework? My kids have all outpaced me in math so my answer is: very little. Sink or swim, babies, sink or swim!
Bonus question: how did you view yourself at age ten?