Magazine article Work & Family Life

Fast-Paced Society Encourages 'Hyper-Parenting'

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Fast-Paced Society Encourages 'Hyper-Parenting'

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What comes to mind when you see the word hyper parenting?

Anxious parents who live in fear that their children are underperforming and are trying to "improve" them in every way possible? Over-scheduling and over-enriching kids to the point of exhaustion-theirs and ours?

It means all of this and more to psychiatrist Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld and writer Nicole Wise, the authors of a provocative and thoughtful new book on the subject. They describe the ways in which our fastpaced society, as well as our uniquely American obsession with competition and individual achievement, encourage hyper-parenting.

The authors give us much to think about. They acknowledge, for example, that it's difficult to find the line between "being enthused" on our children's behalf and "exerting overzealous pressure" on them. …

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