Raising "Mini-Me"

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Raising "Mini-Me"


You like the same things, share many of the same talents and are quietly pleased when people are struck by how alike you are. Having a child who mirrors you may seem easier than raising one who's different, but that's not always the case. Here are some of the common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

You assume you know what your child wants. You think, / ber he'd like this shirt; I'll buy it Or, He'll want to take this class for sure, so I'll sign him up. "Taking for granted that you know what your child wants without asking can make him feel like he has no say in what he does," says Tanya Altmann, MD, a clinical professor of pediatrics at UCLA. Share things you both enjoy - watching football, going to museums, playing tennis, whatever. Just ask him first.

You dream for your child. She's a computer whiz, just like you, so you're already imagining her IT career. …

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