Some advice you think will help your children can actually harm them instead.




Read the article and decide if the sentences below are true or false:




1. Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. believes that all advice given by parents is beneficial for children.

2. The author discusses the negative impact of common parental advice on children’s success.

3. Constantly focusing on goals may lead to increased anxiety and fear.

4. Encouraging children to live in the present moment can lead to increased happiness and better performance.

5. Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. believes that children should have packed schedules.

6. The psychologist believes that creativity is best fostered through constant work and focus.

7. Encouraging children to explore activities outside their natural talents can help them develop resilience and adaptability.




Key: 1F; 2T; 3T; 4T; 5F; 6F; 7T




  • facet – one part of a subject, situation, etc. that has many partsp
  • prone to – having a tendency or inclination; being likely
  • wound tight – exceptionally or excessively tense, anxious, or agitated
  • to drain – deprive of strength or vitality
  • depleted – reduced
  • to tap into – to gain access to
  • to box sb/sth in – to surround someone or something so that they are unable to move freely
  •  inadvertently – without knowledge or intent



Practice makes perfect



1. delay

a) immediate pleasures 

2. resist

b) one’s schoolwork

3. put off

c) one is bad at 

4. prone to

d) entrepreneurial activity

5. excel at

e) the urge

6. engage in

7. master things        

f) gratification

g) greater anxiety and fear




Key: 1f); 2e); 3a); 4g); 5b); 6d); 7c)





  • Do you like children? Are you good with children?
  • Do you agree with the expression “children should be seen and not heard”?
  • Are children hard work?
  • Do you think children are spoilt nowadays?
  • Would you agree that children are smarter nowadays?





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