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Contemporary American families are too caught up in raising what they think to be the perfect child It is common for a parent to want hisher child to be the best at what ever they do but parents sometimes take it too far Parents of the 90s seem to put too much pressure on their kids which does not allow them to enjoy their childhood the way they should This kind of behavior forces kids to grow up too fast with out truly enjoying their childhood Many kids have a normal and healthy childhood but now a days it seems that the traditional childhood you would see on Leave It to Beaver is non existent It is true that times have changed from those days but it has not been for the better Kids can only be kids once in their lives and to force them into adult hood at a young age really is not fair Many parents figure that if they treat their kids like adults at a younger age it will make the task of raising the child a whole lot easier In reality this conception is far from the truth in fact it tends to give kids emotional problems In Elkinds Childhoods End he gives the example of William James Sidis who was a child prodigy who entered Harvard College at the age of eleven Young Sidis was very intelligent but emotionally he was not ready to move into adulthood at such a young age A few years later James Thurber wrote a profile of Sidis in the New Yorker magazine in which he described Sidis as lonely and pitiful Sidis example is a little far off from what a regular kid goes through but it helps to illustrate what happens to a child emotionally when they are pushed to grow up too fast Many children go through treatment similar to Sidis Parents in the US send their kids to school
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