|Everything is better and more scenic|
Apparently, as an American, it is assume that child-rearing is like a competitive sport. What won't you do for your child? But we can be misguided in our zealotry to give our children every advantage. In Africa, hands-off parenting fosters self-confidence, resilience, imagination, mutual respect, a sense of humor, and a sense of justice; characteristics found in diminishing quantities in American youth. Amazonian youngsters help out with major responsibilities that ensure the survival of the tribe.
The truth is, my daughter can entertain himself, which she does often, but not so much in my company, which says what about me? I like to think that I am such a fun mom that she sees me as irresistably delightful company. That's possible, right? Anyhow, I am using Mrs. Druckerman's advice now at the park, so that I don't give play-by-plays of my daughter's every move. And although it may not be very Gallic of me, the playground is fun, and I still get in the occasional "hooray".