Support vs. over-parenting and your child's first job

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Support vs. over-parenting and your child's first job

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Sometimes there's a fine line between being a parent that supports an adolescent, early adult and one that really takes over for them. So there have actually been reports of parents accompanying children on job interviews, or submitting resumes on their behalf. And this really gives a message to your child that you don't think he can do it on his own. I think it's so much more important to let our children do things and fail sometimes. Because let's face it. In life, we're not going to succeed at everything we try. And part of being resilient is learning from our mistakes. As parents, it can be so hard. Sometimes you need to sit on your hands and don't just interfere and do it for your child. It's much more useful to your child if as a parent you're there to support them, to listen to them when they're sad or when they're disappointed with something that's happened, it's much more important for you to listen to them and let them know that you have confidence in them and that in the end, they'll be successful.
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Alanna Levine, MD

Pediatrician & Author

Dr. Alanna Levine is a New York-based pediatrician and a mom of two children.  As a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Levine frequently appears on television and in print speaking about breaking medical news and common parenting topics.  Dr. Levine is also a contributor for BabyCenter.com, on the board of advisors for GetSweaty.com, and on the executive committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Communications and Media.Dr. Levine sees patients at Orangetown Pediatric Associates in New York and is on staff at Nyack Hospital and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.   She completed her internship and residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital, received her medical degree at Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, a master’s degree in medical sciences from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.

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