When did childhood become about the number of activities engaged in, enrichment classes attended or grades on a school tests? By the time our children are in middle school they are already plagued by a competition that is cut-throat, painfully aware of the price of being average or a non-conformist. Instead of their worlds being filled with curiosity, engagement and discovery, our children are learning to be consumed with a fear of under-performing and not fitting in.
“This is not a dysfunctional family,” the lawyer for 16-year-old Alex Hribal, the 16-year-old boy accused to stabbing 22 people at his high school insists. “They’re like the Brady Bunch.”