What's Wrong With Having Average Kids?

My Washington Post Essay

I'm delighted that the Washington Post published an essay of mine this week.  But the editors changed the title, and that's had an interesting effect.

Originally called "What's Wrong with Having Average Kids?" the essay is a commentary on our achievement oriented culture, and why adults must be careful about how we talk to kids about goals and their future.

But the new title picked by the editors ("No, Honey, You Can't Be Anything You Want. And That's Okay"), along with the image and caption (a girl dreaming of being an astronaut), seems that it might prime readers to view the essay as suggesting that parents not encourage their children to push limits or dream big--which is emphatically not my message.

I'll be curious to hear how it reads to you.  Read it on the Washington Post site.

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