It hurts to watch your child struggle, whether it is with a math problem, a poorly written story, or even worse, a social issue or that first crush.
So we offer a little assistance; perhaps even a tutor. Before long, the parental ego kicks in.
Empathy is a skill we all need to model as parents; no child should feel alone or without emotional support. So we need to acknowledge struggles and frustrations.
But in a world where the best tutors and teachers are only a click away, and with our Eagles surrounded by a caring culture of peer collaboration, direct help is no longer a necessity; perhaps even harmful for heroes in the long run.
So next time you are tempted to intervene, pull up Judith Newman’s New York Times piece But I Want to Do Your Homework. If nothing else, you’ll have a good laugh.