In the wake of the Varsity Blues Scandal everyone is asking the question - how did modern day parenting get here? Obsessive-compulsive behavior in parenting is nothing new. However the terms used to describe it have evolved. First there was the “Tiger Mom”, which morphed into “Helicopter Parenting” and now this has turned into “Intensive Parenting” - the latest and greatest of … [Read more...] about Are You Guilty Of Competitive Parenting?
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I love kids but sometimes I hate parents. This might come as a shock - as part of ModernMom, I work to perpetuate the idea of mothers supporting one another. However, when it comes to the ultra-competitive parents among us, I am ready to give up hope. I often use humor to describe difficult parenting situations. My essay on Soccer Mom 2.0 was an accurate but comical … [Read more...] about Ultra-Competitive Parents: Red Flags and Warning Signs
It can be an uncomfortable moment: Your son -- on the cusp of graduating from college -- shows you his resume and you discover the page is half blank. His college information consists of just three lines, and his name and contact details aren’t much longer. You know it’s probably passé to add his high school degree, and you feel that his experience of working part-time as a … [Read more...] about Give Your Child the Competitive Edge in the Job Market
“In your FACE!” my 5-year-old daughter yelled at me from the back seat of the car. Apparently, I had been wrong. She had been right about something. Either way, there are very few times when “In your face” seems like an appropriate response. She said it with such gusto, leaning forward in her carseat poking her finger in my direction for emphasis. I admit, I laughed. Yes, … [Read more...] about Falling Over the Competitive Edge
Be competitive with your kids. This is my secret to parenting. That sounds terrible doesn’t it? Trust me, it's not as bad as it sounds. I am a silently competitive person. I like to win, but I don’t like other people to know that I’m trying to win. I like people to believe that it’s a happy accident if I win at something. This way, I come off as a very laid back (which I am) … [Read more...] about Make Parenting Competitive