When I was teaching at Singapore American School, I tutored a Korean woman who asked me how much my parents pushed me to excel in school.
When I said, “They were pretty low-key. They encouraged me, but they didn’t push me like you push your daughter.”
She shocked me by saying, “What your parents did [or didn’t do] should be considered child abuse.”
I doubt it. But here’s where she might be on to something.
If you know the lesson in this story, and you don’t teach it to your kids, you might be setting them up for a lifetime struggle.
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