Fear itself

We Protect Kids From Everything But Fear writes a mom in Newsweek’s My Turn.

Last summer while I was loafing in front of the TV with my kids, the most benign things morphed into menaces. For example, the sun: long-sleeved, UV-protective swimsuits were all the rage at my neighborhood pool, while I could barely remember to bring the year-old sunscreen. The water wasn’t safe either: at the beach I saw tots dressed in flotation belts and water wings — for shelling along the shore. And goodbye, cotton candy and hot dogs! At a major-league game I saw moms and dads nix the stuff as if they’d never eaten the occasional ballpark treat. As if their children would balloon into juvenile-diabetes statistics if a single swig of sugary soda passed their lips.

. . . I had to laugh when an Australian study recently found that playground injuries continue to rise despite safety improvements. One of the suspected reasons: the safe new play structures are so boring that kids are taking more risks in order to have fun.

Now she fears a generation of food-obsessed, hand-sanitizing wimps who can’t navigate the world.

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  1. wayne martin says:

    In Europe, exposure to the belief that “Global Warming” is killing the planet (or something like that) is scaring kids out of their childhood —

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    http://www.gm.tv/index.cfm?articleid=24717

    Global warming concerns are keeping children awake at night
    Half of young children are anxious about the effects of global warming, often losing sleep because of their concern, according to a new report today.

    A survey of 1,150 youngsters aged between seven and 11 found that one in four blamed politicians for the problems of climate change.
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  2. As a child in the 70s I had a lot of anxieties about nuclear war. not sure if anyone remembers the nuclear war drills in schools. They were very similar to tornado drills. Today I just fear the nanny state.