Peer pressure among parents today is different than it was a generation ago. The peer pressure parents felt used to be about “keeping up with the Joneses,” – i.e. demonstrating that one’s family could buy material possessions like a nice house and a nice car.
Today, though, kids’ achievements have become a status symbol for their parents. Parents now find that their self-esteem is tied to their children’s extracurricular activities, grades, and the colleges they attend.
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