Research + News | Topic: Parental Pressure

Technology, Dating, College, Career: Here’s Why Today’s Teens Are The Most Anxious Ever

What can be done to overcome anxiety? And why parents may be contributing to the problem. Read the article here.

The Perils Of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn To Back Off

“Ask your kids the question ‘Am I pushing you too hard?’ ” says Colleen Fawcett, Wilton Youth Services coordinator. Don’t just ask once, she says, ask it periodically and keep the line of communication open. Read the article here.

It’s Time To Tell Your Kids It Doesn’t Matter Where They Go To College

You don’t need to go to a highly selective college to have a successful and fulfilling life. Read the article here.

Parents Still Urging Teens To Choose Traditional Subjects Even Though Newer Degrees Are More Likely To Lead To A Job

Parents across the UK continue to encourage their children to pick traditional degree subjects, according to new research by the University of Derby.

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Push, Don’t Crush, the Students

An articles from The New York Times takes a look at the balance of pushing students to achieve and pushing them so far that the pressure crushes them.

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Suicide On Campus and the Pressure of Perfection

The number of undergraduates who commit suicide each year is 1,100.

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Kids of Helicopter Parents are Sputtering Out

Recent studies suggest that kids with overinvolved parents and rigidly structured childhoods suffer psychological blowback in college. Read the article here.

Harvard, Schmarvard: Why Getting Your Kids Into College Should Be the Least of Your Concerns

College application season has arrived, and it gives parents the opportunity to reflect on whether or not they have their parenting priorities straight.

From the article in The Huffington Post:

We have strangled the creativity out of our children by forcing them to do things they may not want to do, but as good parents we have to check the box that reads competitive sports — check! We have robbed them of their childhood so that we can feel good about their chances at college entrance. Many of our kids don’t even know what it is they like to do because we have been telling them what to like for their whole lives. Our children are riddled with anxiety and we are medicating them more now than ever. Why are we doing this? So that they can get into college and be successful! Let me tell you something — college acceptance does not make a person succeed, nor does it say one thing about your parenting.

Read the entire article here.