Before anyone can avoid this trap, he or she must learn how to recognize it.
My goal with this series is to provide information and insite that may help young parents make better decisions while being better armed to recognize the dangers waiting for the average American parent and child due to societal and peer pressure to conform to the mainstream.
Another way to think about this is to conform to Political Correctness, which is also a form of peer pressure.
How do you know if you are an “average” American parent and what does being a member of the “norm” mean and/or look like?
Katie Couric speaks with author, Ellen Galinsky about the problems of over-praising kids to build self-esteem without demanding accomplishment.
When there is a scientific study, the population of the study that makes up the largest number of people will be described as the “average” or “norm”. No other group or population in that study is larger.
There will be a smaller number of people outside (below and above) the average.
That said, studies show the average American parent/adult talks to his or her child or children less than five minutes a day. If you don’t believe that, wait until you discover what the average parent, child and teen does with their time each day. Then you will learn that there isn’t much time left for talk.
In addition, family talk time is important.
Media Literacy Clearinghouse provides information from many studies to show what the average American does with his or her time.
For example: the average adult American woman watches 5:31 hours of TV a day while the average man watches 4:54 hours. Children and teens watch an average of 3.5 hours daily.
Continued on May 2, 2011 in Avoid the Mainstream Parent Trap – Part 2
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