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My perspective is that our kids have to survive and thrive in the real world — the world where conformity is expected. That’s not to say that our kids shouldn’t be individuals and let their true selves shine. They also have to learn to cope with, manage, and work around those real world expectations.
In social situations however, I think it’s paramount that they find their tribe, and not try to be someone they’re not.
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