Have you heard the term helicopter parent? Here’s an article that describes it in detail but it’s probably fair to say the term means a parent that is very involved in what their child is doing, all the time. Should be good, right? Well, a number of parents are saying parental involvement has gone too far and it’s time for parents to back off.
David Code thinks all the attention on kids is making the marriage suffer, he thinks marriage first, kids second.
Lenore Skenazy was called ‘America’s worst mom’ after allowing her 9 year old son ride the New York subway alone. The media firestorm that ensued led Lenore to write a book on parental over-involvement.
Lenore asks why do certain countries namely the US, UK, Canada and Australia, although safer than ever before, insist on protecting children from a non-existent danger. One example Lenore gives to illustrate her point is that only 11% of children in the US walk to school alone. She also thinks we outsource kids’ childhoods to scheduled classes, supervised playdates with little room for them to be self-sufficient.
Lenore calls for ‘free-range kids’ that are allowed to live their own lives, giving them space and independence to do their own thing. World Have Your Say listener Elizabeth in Connecticut, ‘free-range should only be for chickens’.
What about in the part of the world where you live? How involved are you in your child’s life? Do you think kids are given enough independence? And using the Lenore Skenazy ‘freedom barometer’….at what age did you let your kids walk to school alone?