2014.08.05【英译中】Helicopter parents直升机父母3

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发表于:2014-08-05 10:44 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

Get out of that helicopter

跳出直升飞机吧

The other popular parental fear—that your children might not get into an Ivy League college—is more rational. Academic success matters more than ever before. But beyond a certain point, parenting makes less difference than many parents imagine. Studies in Minnesota and Sweden, for example, found that identical twins grew up equally intelligent whether they were raised together or apart. A study in Colorado found that children adopted and raised by brainy parents ended up no brainier than those adopted by average parents. Genes appear to matter more than upbringing in the jobs market, too. In a big study of Korean children adopted in America, those raised by the richest families grew up to earn no more than those adopted by the poorest families.

另一个热门的家长式担忧则要理性的多——关于自己孩子是否进入常青藤名校学习。学习成绩的好坏比起以前更为重要。但要是越过了某一个点,家长教育的作用可能没有许多家长想象的那么重要。比如,在明尼苏达州和瑞典的一个调查显示,同卵双胞胎无论是在同一家庭抚养还是分开在不同的家庭抚养,他们的智力都相差不大。科罗拉多州的一个调查研究显示,比起被普通家长收养抚养长大的孩子,被头脑聪明的家长收养抚养的孩子也没有特别精明到哪儿去。同样,在工作人才市场里,基因似乎要比后天教育重要得多。在一项关于美国韩裔儿童收养情况的大型调查中,在最富有家庭中长大的孩子比起在最贫穷的家庭中长大的孩子也没有赚的更多。

This does not mean that parenting is irrelevant. The families who adopt children are carefully screened, so they tend to be warm, capable and middle-class. But the twin and adoption studies indicate that any child given a loving home and adequate stimulation is likely to fulfil her potential. Put another way, better-off parents can afford to relax a bit. Your kids will be fine if you hover over them less and let them frolic in the sun from time to time. You may be happier, too, if you spend the extra time indulging your own hobbies—or sleeping. And if you are less stressed, your children will appreciate it, even if you still make them eat their fruit and vegetables.

这也并不是说家长的教育完全不相干。那些收养孩子的家庭,他们的孩子都是经过精挑细选的,所以他们常常热情能干,也一般属于中产阶级人群。但是关于双胞胎和收养的研究显示,任何孩子,给他们充满关爱的家庭环境和适当鼓励无疑能够最大程度挖掘他们的潜能。换句话说,对于那些家庭条件好的父母,完全可以放轻松些。如果你不那么盘旋在空中监视他们,让他们自由自在的在阳光下嬉戏,他们一定会好好的。而且你也会更高兴,因为这样你就能花更多的时间沉浸在自己的爱好里——哪怕只是睡觉呢。如果你的压力减少了,你的孩子也会觉得高兴的,哪怕你还是得逼他们吃水果和蔬菜呢……


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