I tell parents to think about any expectation they have for their child and ask themselves why they believe it is important.
If they cannot think of a good reason, or if the reason includes “That’s what people are supposed to do” or “I’m afraid people will think I’m not a good parent if you don’t do this,” then perhaps it is time to rethink the expectation.
From an article about gifted teenagers, but I think it applies to parents of any child of any cognitive profile at any age.
In fact, why stop with your expectations for your child? Why not examine your expectations for yourself in the same way?
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