Do We Risk Turning Our Kids Into Unhappy Adults?

I’ve just read ‘How to Land Your Kid in Ther­a­py’ over at the Atlantic mag­a­zine. In the arti­cle, Lori Got­tlieb makes the case that ‘our obses­sion with our kids’ hap­pi­ness may be doom­ing them to unhap­py adult­hood.  She believes that our unwill­ing­ness to expose them to (and our desire to pro­tect them from) life’s nat­ur­al dis­ap­point­ments, leaves their psy­cho­log­i­cal immune sys­tem under­de­vel­oped for when they leave home. As she says in the arti­cle — “We treat our kids like adults when they’re chil­dren, and we infan­tilize them when they’re 18 years old.” It’s worth a read.

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