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01-09-2012, 03:33 PM
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These words are laced with meaning. Encouragement? Of course! Pressure? Heavens, no!

Figuring out when you're pressuring and when you're encouraging, when you're going too far and when you aren't doing enough to instill valuable lessons about perseverence, strikes me as the kind of nuanced guidance that must be incredibly difficult for parents to master.

As a single, unmarried guy, this is the sort of parenting dilemma that must be so difficult to nail on the head. In the end, the child will decide whether or not to commit to something at which he or she may or may not be talented, and that's all there is to it. Yet figuring out the right way to provide support, avoiding too much or too little, must make for a tricky balancing act. This is from someone as disinterested as they come, speaking in the abstract. For a parent vested in the future of his/her child, the emotional attachment has to make it a whale of a challenge. I don't know the answer, but it's hardly a simple one except in the more extreme cases.

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