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Benchmarking kids - a very human error

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Comparing your child with others is a stress-inducing and, ultimately, useless activity. BUT it’s hard to resist as we tend to assess our progress in any area of life by checking out how we compare with our peers.    When you were a child in school you probably compared yourself to your schoolmates. Your teachers may not have graded you, but you knew who the smart kids were and where you ranked in the pecking order.    Now that you have kids of your own do you still keep an eye on your peers?  Do you use the progress and behaviour of their kids as benchmarks to help you assess your own performance as well as your child’s progress? Or perhaps you compare your child to yourself at the same age?    Benchmarking children’s progress with that of other children is not a wise parenting strategy. Inevitably, it will lead t...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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