A long, rambling article about hovering, hyperattentive parents and the threat they pose to their children--and to civilization as we know it. Overprogramming; lack of unsupervised, self-directed play; parents on cell phone speed-dial from birth to age 30; finagling dubious medical and psychological excuses for no-time-limit testing; and generally imposing parental expectations of achievement on perpetualyl immature, anxious wimps in training:
Parents need to abandon the idea of perfection and give up some of the invasive control they've maintained over their children. The goal of parenting, Portmann reminds, is to raise an independent human being. Sooner or later, he says, most kids will be forced to confront their own mediocrity.I don't know, sounds like someone's just trying to headfake me, get me to drop my guard for a minute, and then--FFWWWWTT!--her kid jumps ahead of mine on the preschool waitlist. Nice try, suckah.
A Nation of Wimps [psych today via msn, thanks to dt reader greg]