Quotation by Bruno Bettelheim

To be told that our child's behavior is "normal" offers little solace when our feelings are badly hurt, or when we worry that his actions are harmful at the moment or may be injurious to his future. It does not help me as a parent nor lessen my worries when my child drives carelessly, even dangerously, if I am told that this is "normal" behavior for children of his age. I'd much prefer him to deviate from the norm and be a cautious driver!
Bruno Bettelheim (20th century), Austrian-U.S. child psychologist and author. A Good Enough Parent, ch. 3 (1987).
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