Alison Gopnik: The Pitfalls Of Overparenting

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Many parents talk about how different their own childhood was from that of their kids. In The Gardener and the Carpenter, renowned child psychologist Alison Gopnik makes the observation that during the past 30 years, the concept of parenting (and the multibillion dollar industry surrounding it) has transformed into obsessive, controlling, and goal-oriented labor with the idea that this will produce optimally successful children. Gopnik argues that this approach is not just based on bad science, it’s bad for kids and parents, too. Drawing on the study of human evolution and her own research into how children learn, Gopnik shows that children are designed to be messy, unpredictable, and unique. The variability and flexibility of childhood lets them innovate, create, and survive in an unpredictable world.
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