Sandcrawler PSA: Helicopter Parenting Is Fascist

I feel very lucky, to have been raised free range, where you were expected to go outside by 8:00, come in for lunch and dinner. Unless, you know, there was a blizzard or something.

American childhood has taken an authoritarian turn. An array of trends in American society are conspiring to produce unprecedented levels of supervision and control over children’s lives. Tracing the effects of childrearing on broad social outcomes is an exercise in speculation. But if social scientists are correct to posit a connection between childrearing and long-term political outcomes, today’s restrictive childhood norms may portend a broader regression in our country’s democratic consensus.

...Consider that practically every declining health outcome in children can be traced to the sedentary, indoor, micromanaged lives that now define American childhood.

Experts meanwhile are linking increasing rates of anger, aggression, and severe behavior problems to a lack of free play. These outcomes are consistent with evolutionary psychology theories that consider play to be a critical part of child development, teaching children to cope with, and ultimately master, fears and phobias.

Also the main thing we need to do with kids, focus on the three Rs in young kids and run their little asses off.

Then when they get to middle school, run their asses off some more. In HS, you got it, run their asses off.

But there has to be give and take, decent grades and running your ass off earns you free range time. Which you can spend on your bicycle down at the creek reading discarded Playboys and smoking cigarettes like you're supposed to.

Posted by: Howie at 07:11 AM


1 Kids nowadays.....Not even know how to steal Mad Dog 20/20 and Swisher Sweets from convenience store.

Posted by: KIM at June 22, 2017 11:23 AM

2 Not to mention one's bb gun.

Posted by: Steveeas at June 22, 2017 01:57 PM

3 Creek? Discarded Playboys? Cigarettes? Did we grow up together? That was my childhood from I'm guessing age 9- 17 when we switched to friends houses.

Posted by: Kotter at June 22, 2017 06:37 PM

4 We can't even get them to dress out for P.E. anymore...forget actually getting sweaty unless they are already the athletic type. Another new type of parent is the 'snowplow' parent. They precede their kids and mow down ANY and ALL obstacles to their complete success and happiness. They control every aspect of their kids' lives. I have a sister-in-law who is such. Her 180 lb 12 year old boy NEVER sets foot outside the house alone....EVER! If she takes him to the doctor and the doctor tries to tell her he is obese, she leaves that doc and goes elsewhere. I don't think he knows how to ride a bicycle, or skateboard or any such outside method of recreation...

Posted by: FrustratedTeacher at June 22, 2017 08:23 PM

5 You brought back great memories of my growing up years. For the first 9 years I lived in the city, but we stayed outside as soon as we could. Our little gang did nothing but ride bikes, play games, and pretend. Had to be called in for meals. We went barefoot and came in with what were called "grandma beads" which was a circle of dirt around your neck. We crossed a very busy street to go to Woolworth's or W.T. Grants to buy bbs and caps for our guns at age 6. (I was a tomboy.) Even my own children were "outside" kids in the 80's. I feel very sorry for today's children. My grandson was here last week and never put down his iPad or phone. He's 6, but he's been like that since age 2. Only upside is that we have a pool and he loves to be in there.

Posted by: Konnie at June 26, 2017 03:21 PM

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