“Society expects children to act like mature little adults, and this unreasonable expectation puts undue pressure on parents to have their children perform well, especially in public. Children are not small adults. Their brains have a lot of developing to do. Often, we punish them for something they have absolutely no control over: an underdeveloped brain. We assume they have negative intentions toward us when in reality they do not.
With expectations that children should act like adults comes great disappointment when they act like children.”
– Rebecca Eanes, Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide