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Why Are American Kids So Spoiled? : The New Yorker
“Most parents today were brought up in a culture that put a strong emphasis on being special. Being special takes hard work and can’t be trusted to children. Hence the exhausting cycle of constantly monitoring their work and performance, which in turn makes children feel less competent and confident, so that they need even more oversight.”

"the differences between the family lives of the Matsigenka and the Angelenos, how early the Matsigenka begin encouraging their children to be useful."

"The cycle in American households seems mostly to run in the opposite direction. So little is expected of kids that even adolescents may not know how to operate the many labor-saving devices their homes are filled with. Their incompetence begets exasperation, which results in still less being asked of them." … “Many parents remarked that it takes more effort to get children to collaborate than to do the tasks themselves.”
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july 2012 by robertogreco
Unraveling the Significance of Childhood » American Scientist
"Konner…draws attention to fact that upright bipedal locomotion offered many advantages to our socially living, hunting-&-gathering ancestors, but notes these advantages came w/ price…narrowed pelvis that made it necessary for parturition to occur when offspring were still extremely immature…meant that “4th trimester” of fetal development took place outside womb, & increased child-care demands increased women’s needs for social protection & support, thereby promoting sociality, pair-bonding & nascent family…made even longer periods of dependent & protected development possible, perhaps explaining why species is characterized by extended period of brain growth & development…much greater proportion of life span in humans than in any other primates. Long, protected childhoods, group living, enduring social bonds, & big brains not only made extensive play possible but also ensured it paid benefits…intellectual sophistication & cognitive mastery…"

[See also: http://chronicle.com/article/How-Childhood-Has-Evolved/65401/ ]
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july 2011 by robertogreco

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