JEFF PEARLMAN

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Parenting insanity

My piece from today’s CNN.com about modern parenting, and the craziness too many of us bring to the table.

This isn’t a columnist drumming up attention to something he feels moderately passionate about. I am, in an old-school, Public Enemy sort of way, militant. I can’t stand the increasing number of parents who feel the need to ensure their kids’ success, without knowing what success actually means.

Here’s what I want:

A. My kids to be happy.

B. My kids to be giving.

C. My kids not to work in any sort of stock trading industry.*

Otherwise, we’re good.

* I’d also prefer they’re not hookers, drug dealers or cattle farmers.