On Knowing When to Start Pushing Our Kids, and When to StopIn the era of over-scheduling and increased teenage stress, it's so confusing for parents to figure out when to push their kids and when to take a step back. We all want what's best for our children, but sometimes it's so hard to figure out what that is. None of us parents have a crystal ball, and we cannot fully understand the consequences of our decisions until time has passed. And of course, hindsight is always 20/20.
So when my daughter said she wanted to compete in gymnastics as an amateur, I struggled with her decision. She's 8 years old (going on 15, as all little girls seem to be these days) and managed to get accepted into the team without any parental interference. It was impressive to see how much she wanted this, and I questioned whether I should have pushed her more from an earlier age when she began demonstrating her flexibility and love for the sport.
On the other hand, she's still young and has been able to explore friendships, math, music, dance, yoga and otherRead More »from On Knowing when to Start Pushing Our Kids, and when to Stop