Kids playing in the summer is an essential and these are some tips.
America’s kids are more self-absorbed than ever. If their constant gaze into the selfie camera isn’t proof enough, plenty of statistics and news stories point to a fall in empathy, a rise in narcissism, and an epidemic of bullying and cruelty. You want your kids to stop with the “me me me” and start thinking “we”.
“Too many parents are stressing the empathy right out of our kids,” says parenting expert Michele Borba, author of Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.
“We do it from a place of good intentions—in a hypercompetitive world we are desperate to give our kids an edge—but all the pressure and all the structured activities are causing more harm than we know.” Three-days-a-week taekwondo, sleepaway chess camp, and a full slate of summer college courses—too much stress hurts kids’ mental health.