Does anyone else remember free range children?

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Danish child psychologist Bent Hougaard coined the term "curling parents"( http://www.thelocal.se/10282/20080305/ ) to define those parents that clear a patch of the most minuscule obstacle for their kids so that they don't have to experience this thing called life, at least until they move out or more likely their parents die.

Parents may have the best of intentions but they are certainly lacking common sense and an understanding ofd how to teach their children valuable life lessons.

This Nanny State is creating its own pandemic.

Don't believe me?

Caroline Milburn writes in an article titled: Cotton-wool kids must burst bubble on how over-protective parents are stripping children of essential coping skills: http://www.theage.com.au/news/education-news/cottonwool-kids-must-burst-bubble/2005/09/30/1127804656026.html

Cassandra Jardine wrote an equaly revealing piece here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/3355928/Slow-parenting-part-two-hey-parents-leave-those-kids-alone.html

There are a significant number of books written about the subject each year, here are just a couple:

It's a good thing Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0984296107/boingboi

Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry
http://www.amazon.com/Free-Range-Kids-Children-Freedom-Without/dp/0470471948/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b

A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting
http://www.amazon.com/Nation-Wimps-High-Invasive-Parenting/dp/0767924037/ref=pd_sim_b_3

The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids
http://www.amazon.com/Price-Privilege-Advantage-Generation-Disconnected/dp/B002WTC8U2/ref=pd_sim_b_2

Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting
http://www.amazon.com/Under-Pressure-Rescuing-Children-Hyper-Parenting/dp/B003156BXQ/ref=pd_sim_b_11

CBC is airing a documentary called  "Hyper Parents & Coddled Kids" on Feb. 4, 2010.
You can watch a sneak preview here:

Open the Mayora Banner and try to find an article that's not a P.S.A.  You're likely to find 2 or 3 per paper.  That's if you can get around all the advertising and propaganda.

As parents, we need to give our children opportunities to tinker, explore and experiment.

These people's kids are adorned with safety helmets and wrapped in plastic.  It is unlikely that someone will be able to open them up before they suffocate.

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