This is a really long, kind of sad, excellent article from The Atlantic about the costs of over protecting our children from an environment no more (and in many ways less) dangerous than it was decades ago.
Specifically it delves into how helicopter parenting supplants children's ability to make decisions for themselves, assess risk and generally be a functional human capable of taking responsibility for themselves.
It draws links between the rise of helicopter parenting in the mid 90's and millenials current inability to live on their own.
Being born in 85, I was on the tail end of being able to roam free in the neighborhood as a kid. The shift really occurred when I was in middle school, and by highschool the die was cast. Luckily I was in High School and had pretty good levels of freedom just by dint of how old I was.
I feel bad for the youngins. It seems we've lost a lot by trying to live our kids lives for them, and protecting them from everything. When I occasionally rail against a culture where safety is more important than fun, and where boys can't be boys anymore, this is kind of what I'm getting at.
Anyway, here is the article:
The Overprotected Kid
A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
@Jennifer I'll be curious to hear your thoughts on this.
I'd also like to hear from some younger and older folks as well.
I got a pretty hardcore dose of nostalgia reading the article.