The kids are growing up too fast…ahem…can someone make them grow faster?

The years are short.   Enjoy them while they are still little.   They are only little once.   It gets easier.   Sentiments expressed in the sentences above are simmered into the brains of new parents, particularly the primary caregiving parent since the time people find out about the pregnancy. It becomes an anthem …

Concerted Cultivation: What Middle-Class Parents do for their Kids

Note: Using ‘middle-class’ is not my choice of word here. I use it as conceptualized by Annette Lareau in her explanation of the term, ‘Concerted Cultivation’.

If popular media, public commentary, and recent articles on parenting are to be believed,  middle-class parents are actively engaged in the lives of their children and nowhere is this more evident in my opinion, than in how we choose to insert ourselves into our kids’ educational experiences. Continue reading “Concerted Cultivation: What Middle-Class Parents do for their Kids”