Embracing Children for Who They Are – NYTimes.com

Good piece on parenting and the need to accept and support one’s children for who they are (while of course giving them opportunities to explore different areas). Most of us learn this – sometimes the hard way – as our children grow older and their interests and personalities become clearer. Quote:

The goal of parenting should be to raise children with a healthy self-image and self-esteem, ingredients vital to success in school and life. That means accepting children the way they are born — gay or straight, athletic or cerebral, gentle or tough, highly intelligent or less so, scrawny or chubby, shy or outgoing, good eaters or picky ones.

Of course, to the best of their ability, parents should give children opportunities to learn and enjoy activities that might be outside their natural bent. But, as attested to in many a memoir, forcing children to follow a prescribed formula almost always backfires.

Embracing Children for Who They Are – NYTimes.com.

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