Slingshot or Boomerang? Your Choice

Dear Mr. Dad: Our 15-year old son is still a few years away from college, but my wife and I are already thinking about when he’s going to move out and begin a life on his own. A number of our friends have kids who have already graduated from college and one after another, those kids are moving back home. We love our son and would be happy to have him visit anytime—or move back for a short time in case of emergency—but we really want him to be self-sufficient. What can we do now to make sure he can make it on his own out there?

A: The fact that you’re asking the question at all gives your son a better chance than other kids his age of thriving in the real world. Too many parents cross their fingers and hope for the best; you’re actually taking steps to make it happen. For everyone else, finger crossing and hoping aren’t terribly effective strategies.

A recent report from the Pew Research Center found that the percentage of young adults living at home has more than doubled over the past three decades or so. Back in 1980, about 11% of adults 20-34 spent some time living with their parents. Today, it’s nearly 30%. Young men are a bit more likely than young women to be sharing a roof with ma and pa.

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Raising Healthy, Happy Kids without Becoming a Tiger


Shimi Kang, author of The Dolphin Way.
Topic
: Raising healthy, happy, motivated kids without turning into a tiger.
Issues: What happens to kids raised by Tiger parents? the skills required to succeed in the 21st Century–and how Dolphin parenting encourages their development; The importance of play and downtime; what happens to kids raised the Dolphin way?

Hybrid Tigers + The Dolphin Way


Quanyu Huang, author of The Hybrid Tiger.
Topic:
Secrets of the extraordinary success of Asian-American Kids.
Issues: The differences between Chinese and American education; the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches; is it possible to say that one is better than the other> developing kids’ ambitions before discovering their interests.



Shimi Kang, author of The Dolphin Way.
Topic
: Raising healthy, happy, motivated kids without turning into a tiger.
Issues: What happens to kids raised by Tiger parents? the skills required to succeed in the 21st Century–and how Dolphin parenting encourages their development; The importance of play and downtime; what happens to kids raised the Dolphin way?

Tiger bites child: Quick, let’s find someone to blame

So a guy in South Africa takes his 8-year old daughter to a lodge where they keep a number of “tame” animals, including a tiger. The lodge owner’s daughter, age 14, tells the 8-year old that it’s okay to pet the tiger. So the guy–despite signs saying not to touch the animals–lets his daughter put her hand through a wire fence, whereupon the tiger promptly bit off a piece of one of her fingers.

The father is threatening to sue the lodge, but the lodge says he should have paid attention to the signs.

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