Let children play. No more the helicopter parenting.

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When children aren’t pushed or pulled to learn they develop a strong inner drive. This is paramount for real self confidence. In Denmark, respecting the zone of proximal development is the basis for all learning. That means they give children help but they don’t helicopter. They trust children to trust in themselves.  This reduces anxiety and increases real self-esteem and encourages the joy of learning. Play is a great facilitator of this.

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Jessica Joelle Alexander

Jessica Joelle Alexander is a bestselling American author, Danish parenting expert, columnist, speaker, and cultural researcher. Her work has been featured in TIME, The Atlantic, Salon, NPR, Huffington Post, NY Times and the Greater Good Science Center Berkley.

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