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I recently came across an article entitled, The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting at time.com. It struck a chord as I've been thinking a lot about how to balance my protective instincts with my rational understanding that kids need to learn the most important lessons on their own.
The article, written by Nancy Gibbs, points out some of the most rediculous examples of "helicopter parenting" and exposes them for what they are - the actions of a generation of parents who are letting their fears rule their actions when it comes to making decisions that affect their kids.
This kind of irrational fear is the same force that is behind so many of the decisions that people make every day. Pick up any magazine or turn on the tv and you'll find all kinds of advice about how to further separate yourself from the natural world and a healthy life balance and rhythm, all in the name of self-improvement. It's a crazy world, full of people who aren't really thinking for themselves and I don't want to be a part of that.