WALL STREET JOURNAL | November 27, 2012 | by SUE SHELLENBARGER

A parent who implies that a child isn’t capable of working on his or her own “causes the kid to lose confidence, to get mad and just want the whole experience to be over, “says Lisa Jacobson, founder and chief executive of Inspirica, a New York tutoring and test-prep company. When parents help too much, “kids say that they feel like a fraud,” undeserving of the grades they receive.