Tuesday, June 14, 2011

How to Land Your Kid in Therapy (via The Atlantic)

There's a brilliant article in The Atlantic this month by Lori Gottlieb about child-rearing and over-protective parenting.


Today, Wendy Mogel [clinical psychologist, parenting expert and author of "The Blessing of a Skinned Knee"] says, “every child is either learning-disabled, gifted, or both—there’s no curve left, no average.” When she first started doing psychological testing, in the 1980s, she would dread having to tell parents that their child had a learning disability. But now, she says, parents would prefer to believe that their child has a learning disability that explains any less-than-stellar performance, rather than have their child be perceived as simply average. “They believe that ‘average’ is bad for self-esteem.”

Read the full article here.


Mrs Trefusis... said...

Lord. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Loved this - thanks for posting it! x

Miss Whistle said...

@Mrs. T --I'm guilty of all of it. Yikes! Perhaps we need group therapy for all the parents. xx