Chapter 6 was definitely uplifting for me to read because I was a child whose parents decided to wait until I was older to enter Pre-K. Two of my best friends in high school were the two youngest in our class, whereas I was the fourth oldest. It was interesting to observe our differences in some of these areas; for example, I know they both felt a tremendous amount of academic pressure from a very young age. Unlike what LP mentioned, my two friends were extremely smart and ended up at amazing four year institutions where they plan on achieving their outstanding goals. I do, however, really see the expectations effect on them because they had a lot of stress about getting good grades for their parents.
I found Chapter 7 to relate a lot back to the Straub Chapter 4 reading about stress. It seemed straightforward to me that, when placed in a stressful situation at such a young age, the children turned to coping mechanisms that maybe were not the best for their health. One of the book’s themes that I saw reflected in this chapter again was the ability to take your fate into your own hands; if one’s parents got divorced, they simply had to find their own happiness and fulfillment later in life to not feel the heavy burden of their parent’s divorce throughout their lives.