Our Push for 'Passion,' and Why It Harms Kids - NYTimes.com

by Parent Co. April 14, 2015

"By the time a child rounds the corner into high school and certainly before he sets up an account with the Common App, the conventional wisdom is that he needs to have a passion that is deep, easy to articulate, well documented and makes him stand out from the crowd....This is madness." For most children, childhood isn’t about passion, but rather about exploration. Our job as parents is to nurture that exploration, not put an end to it. When we create an expectation that children must find their one true interest so early in life, we cut short a process of discovery that may easily take a lifetime. Our Push for 'Passion,' and Why It Harms Kids - NYTimes.com.


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