Why overparenting could be as bad as underparenting

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Back in 2006, California psychologist Madeline Levine sounded the alarm on the damaging effects of overbearing parents in her book The Price of Privilege, which went on to be a New York Times best-seller and (supposedly) spur moms and dads into action. Six years later, she still sees run-ragged teenagers enter her practice with great grades and self-abuse issues, despondent about their futures and breaking under the pressure to succeed. In her new book, Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success, Ms. Levine likens them to trauma patients and points to harrowing studies that show 17% of Ivy League students are self-mutilators. What’s been missing from all the overparenting hand-wringing thus far, she told the Post’s Sarah Boesveld from her office in Marin County this week, has been solutions. A successful child is one that knows his or her own mind, who has coping skills, who is…

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