How do youngsters cope with the pressures of competitive endeavors What are their deepest fears Why do many talented kids feel like failures regardless of their successes Learn the shocking truth how some teens deal with mounting insecurities. Discover the repercussions that can happen when parents are blinded to performance pressures facing youngsters, particularly when entering chaotic adolescence. My narrative is a heartfelt, sometimes humorous journal detailing the nurturing of my daughter from birth through her turbulent adolescent years. The intensity of her stormy evolution was inflamed by nine years in highly competitive professional dance environments and resulted in her self-destructive acting out behavior. It's a retrospective chronicle providing an insightful glimpse of what may await unsuspeting parents with youngsters in competitive activities. What happened to us can happen to any well-intentioned family with children who are pushed to perform in academics, the arts, or athletics.