Archive | Helicopter Effect on Kids

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Should You Give Your Subway Seat to a Kid?

This wonderful essay  by Stephanie Fairyington states it baldly: Why have we decided that adults should give their seats to children, rather than vice versa? On the blog CityLab, she writes of a recent New York City subway trip with her friend: [We] were on a Brooklyn-bound D train when a family boarded with their […]

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Now You Can Monitor Every Calorie Your Child Eats or Burns!

A new app being prepared for launch, the Kiddo, promises parents that at last they’ll be able to monitor almost every aspect of their children’s lives: Login to the Kiddo app. Tell the app about your child; enter age, gender, height, and weight. Turn on Bluetooth, and then sync the Kiddo with your smartphone. Identify […]

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Arthur's Adventure.

UPDATE: RUNAWAY, 15, IS BACK AND SEEMS FINE!

UPDATE! The Guardian reports that: A grammar school boy missing for two months after telling his parents he was bored with his life has been found safe and well. Arthur Heeler-Frood, 15, who sparked a nationwide hunt, was apparently making his way home when he was recognised on a train and intercepted by the police…. Speaking […]

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From coddled childhood to campus kookiness.

From Trophy Culture to Campus Microaggressions

Dan Shuchman, chairman of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), the group that fights for free speech on campus, has written this Wall Street Journal review of a book by one of my favorite thinkers, Frank Furedi. Furedi wrote “Paranoid Parenting” back in 2002, which was the first book I read about this new […]

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Mom, I can cross the street myself.

What Becomes of a Helicoptered Kid?

Helicopter parents get a lot of blame and I don’t want to add to it. I want to end it. For the most part, parents helicopter because society DEMANDS it. There are schools that won’t let kids walk home on their own, and cops who chide parents who let their kids play outside. There are companies […]

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Why Do We Think We Can Create the Perfect Kid?

You’ve probably been hearing about a new book that takes aim at “parenting,” pointing out that we don’t “spouse” our spouses, we just love them and live with them. But once parents start TO parent, they often feel they are actually able to control the person their child becomes. (I’m pausing while you ruefully snort.) […]

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Help! My skin is growing moist! (Photo credit: Valerie Everett)

Brand New Fear! “Bounce Houses Too Hot” Says Study

. What happens when polio and smallpox aren’t taking their toll anymore? Well you just have to look a little harder to find an unspeakable menace stalking our kids. As so, reports this article from Science Daily: Heat safety issues in bounce houses can put children in danger, according to a new University of Georgia […]

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Don't you trust your own teen?  (Um...)

My Neighbors Spied on My Teen! (And Found Out Something Bad)

. Here’s an interesting dilemma: Dear Free-Range Kids:  . I live in a neighborhood that is very much a throw-back to the 1970’s, complete with a lot of split level houses and a pool that has a real diving board and a ten-foot diving well.  If kids can swim the length of the pool and […]

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