New York Times columnist and VPR commentator Jessica Lahey takes on the overparenting trend in her new book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. The New Hampshire-based educator and mother of two boys argues that while packing our kids' lunches, driving their forgotten homework to school and tying their shoes might make us feel like good and attentive parents, these actions might actually be harming our kids. "The setbacks, mistakes, miscalculations and failures we have shoved out of our children's way are the very experiences that teach them to be resourceful, persistent, innovative and resilient citizens of the world," she writes in the introduction to the book. In September, Lahey embarks on a book tour to share her well-researched findings. Stay tuned for local engagements.
Mansfield Cooperative is a K-8 school providing intimate, comfortable learning environments for multi-age groups (K-4, 5-8). With a small student-teacher ratio and heightened parent involvement, we are able to provide students with individual work plans and interest-based projects. Students feel comfortable in this community to take risks and approach challenges…(more)