Brunswick Parent Programs Presents
Right-Amount Parenting: Thoughts On Letting Our Children Find Their Own Unique Voices
DATE: Wednesday, October 23
TIME: 8:00 a.m. Coffee, 8:30 a.m. Presentation
LOCATION: Upper School's Baker Theater, Maher Avenue Campus
Note: Overflow parking will be available at the Women’s Club on Maple Avenue
Remember doing jigsaw puzzles with your toddler? That puzzle only had a dozen pieces, but it could take forever. Your two-year-old put the dog's head on upside down six times before he got it right. You knew that his brain was getting all sorts of exercise in this moment, but it sometimes felt impossible to stop yourself from ripping that piece out of his hand and doing it yourself.
In the age of helicopter parenting and existential panic about college admissions, it takes a lot of confidence to allow our kids to figure things out on their own. The stakes are high, and it's hard to know when it's safe to pull back a little. The best way to help our kids grow into their happiest, most productive selves may be to shove our hands deep in our pockets and let them put the pieces together themselves.
Annabel Monaghan is the author of Does This Volvo Make My Butt Look Big? (Fischer Press 2016) a collection of essays based on her column that appears in the Huffington Post, The Week and The Rye Record. She is also the author of two novels for young adults, A Girl Named Digit and Double Digit (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012, 2014). Annabel is also co-author of Click! The Girl's Guide to Knowing What You Want and Making it Happen (Simon and Schuster 2007). She graduated with a BA in English from Duke University and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. She teaches novel writing at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Rye, New York with her husband and three sons.