There’s a dreadful condition that affects parents and strikes us when we least expect it.
It’s not transmitted through handshakes or sneezes like the common cold, but in the sneakiest way imaginable: through shared (and often unsolicited) opinions.
It’s called Parent Peer Pressure, or PPP. You, or someone you know, is likely suffering from it as we speak.
Here’s how PPP works: You’re catching up with a friend over coffee when you innocently say, “Mary is really enjoying her break from ballet right now.”
“A break?” replies your friend. “Are you sure? We put our little Simone in a specialized camp over the summer and she’s improved sooooo much…”
And there it is: You are the victim of a sudden attack of PPP.
In a split second, the comforting certainty that you’ve done the right thing for your child is gone. The peace of mind is replaced by the nagging questions: “What if I’m making a mistake? What if Mary falls behind the other kids?”