April 30, 2004

Parenting & The Paradox of Choice

In an article for Slate, Swarthmore psych professor Barry Schwartz applies the key principles of his book, The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less, to the challenges of parenting.

The executive summary: Parents who relentlessly pursue "only the best" for their kids are more stressed and take time away from their kids, and in the process, to do them a disservice. Lighten up on yourself and learn to be satisfied with "good enough" for some things that matter less (like cribs, strollers, and high chairs [uh-oh, -ed.]). "choose when to choose," and spend your time and energy on your kid and on decisions where "the best" actually matters (like teachers, schools, and healthcare).

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