Modern parents ‘going to shocking lengths to give children edge over peers’

The Evening Standard (UK) 30 Oct 06
A new breed of “extreme” parents are going to increasingly desperate lengths to give their children a head start over their peers, according to a new book on family life is claiming. Growing numbers of middle-class mothers and fathers are losing sight of the joy of childrearing as they drive their offspring to excel at everything. They begin to see fellow parents as competitors rather than allies in the struggle to bring up the perfect son or daughter.