An Argument Against Hyper-Parenting

Here is a review about a new book that puts forth a powerful argument against “bubble wrapping children who are consequently missing out on childhood.”

50 Dangerous Things (you should let your children do), pivots on the premise of less is more when talking about parenting and trying to insulate children against all manners of injury, either physical or emotional.

And when you think about it, our children are perhaps missing out on being kids the way we or our parents were?50 dangerous things

There is a persuasive argument made against Hyper parenting by this book and others like it such as The Dangerous Book for Boys or Carl Honore’s Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting.

It is not being suggested that one lets children do dangerous things deliberately; only that parents do perhaps have to lighten up a little. It is the old adage isn’t it; that ‘You have to learn to fall before you learn to walk’ and if you are never allowed to fall how do you ever learn to be careful for yourself! We do perhaps need to shake the conviction that children are in peril when in fact recent studies show the contrary; that this is the safest time in history for children!

Source: Ottawa Citizen


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