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  • High expectations could be hurting kids’ health
  • High expectations could be hurting kids’ health
    Megan Hemphill (2012) ©
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High expectations could be hurting kids’ health

The expectations placed on kids are higher than ever. As the rise of helicopter parenting has seen mums and dads grow more anxious over their children’s development, a number of tools are enabling them to quantify and track their progress. But all this fuss may be causing more harm than good.

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