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 —


    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.

  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.