Friday, July 6, 2007

Self-Involved Kids? Blame Mister Rogers, Author Argues

A Wall Street Journal article this week posed an interesting question: Should we blame Mr. Rogers for the fact that many of today’s kids act entitled?

Author Jeff Zaslow wrote:

“Now Mr. Rogers, like Dr. Spock before him, has been targeted for
re-evaluation. And he’s not the only one. As educators and researchers struggle
to define the new parameters of parenting, circa 2007, some are revisiting the
language of child ego-boosting. What are the downsides of telling kids they’re
special? Is it a mistake to have children call us by our first names? When we
focus all conversations on our children’s lives, are we denying them the
insights found when adults talk about adult things?”

The article goes on to quote experts saying that having an overly child-centered culture, well, maybe it’s not such a good thing.

(Getty Image via the Wall Street Journal.)

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