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Saturday, November 14, 2015
Are we too protective of our children?
Are we too protective
of our children?
A cranky opinion for CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little knowledge on the subject opined. Opposing opinions are welcome, but will be ignored, and as always, please no name calling and that means you, you big stupid head!
I have read a theory (I think it is just a theory) that the reason many children are
allergic to peanut butter, an absolute staple when my children were growing up,
is parents do not subject their children to peanut butter when they are very
young.If this is true, it means that
because one child suffered from what was once a very rare allergy, parents
would not give their children peanut butter and as a result they did not
develop resistance and also became allergic to peanut butter.
The act of
protecting children makes them dangerously susceptible to what was once a
common safe nutritious product.
children walked to school even at an early age.I walked several blocks to kindergarten.My children walked a half mile to kindergarten and grade school.These days I notice there is a parent or
guardian accompanying every child.There
was and still is a crossing guard at every street, but do the children learn
any independence?Do they develop that
all important self-esteem when do they grow up?I live in a town house community that is shut off from any other
development.When the school bus lets
the children off, the parents are waiting, often in cars to drive them less
than a block and a half home.
parents are worried about child abduction.What message does that send to the child?Teach them to beware of strangers, but don’t
teach them to be afraid of ever being independent.
safe from peanut butter and you give them a dangerous allergy.Keep them safe from strangers, and you
instill in them fear for the rest of their lives.
children today don’t even know how to cross a street.Children all used to learn by the age of four
to stop, look both ways and then hurry across a street.Children today, even teenagers casually
stroll across the street without even glancing left and right.They cross as if it is the vehicles
responsibility to not hit them.Well it
is, but drivers text, drivers drink, drivers are not always attentive, drivers
make mistakes, and when they do children who have not been taught to cross a
street get killed.
today sometimes do not even walk.I see
children in strollers with their feet hitting the ground and their knees in
their face because they are too big, and yet they do not walk.If child obesity is a big problem today, part
of the cause is children do not walk.They are driven everywhere and they are pushed in strollers all over the
mall.Children walking while you shop or
travel can be an inconvenience, heck, children in general are an
inconvenience.Let them walk!
I know it is
a different world than in years past.In
many ways it is more dangerous, but sometimes over protection is just as
dangerous.Over protection can stunt a
child’s development, it may send young adults out into the real world unprepared
for stress and hardship.
protection, over cautiousness, in the long term may develop nervous, food
allergic, overweight children who don’t know how to cross a street. The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management...Mrs. Cranky.