Zachary Wright “had to drag my son kicking and screaming into kindergarten.” He remembered his own “struggles with anxiety, depression and panic” as a child. There I was, a terrified boy, probably 10 or so, hiding in bathrooms, trying to breathe, convinced of my own eventual insanity.
There I was, a quiet boy trying to avoid the notice of the older kids. Refusing to get out of the car to go into day camp. Paralyzed with fear at being called upon to present in front of the cla
A middle-school teacher is called to the office so Dad can hand over his child’s water bottle. The girl doesn’t like drinking from the water fountain. A parent calls to ask for an extension on her son’s project. The teacher, who’s fine with granting extensions, asks why “Josh” didn’t ask for himself. “I just usually handle this kind of thing for him,” Mom replies. Lawnmower parents, who mow down the obstacles in their children’s paths, aren’t doing their kids any favors, the
A college education isn’t intended to make people think any more, write Greg Lukianoff, a First Amendent specialist, and Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist, in The Coddling of the American Mind. “It is meant to make them comfortable.” The culture of “safetyism” promotes three Great Untruths, they write. What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. In a New York Times op-ed, they cite “efforts
fabulous, long-forgotten word: Oaf-rocked. In a story on Paul Anthony Jones’ book, The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities, the BBC reports on lost words such as “frowst,” which is “19th-Century schoolboy slang word for ‘extra time spent in bed on a Sunday’.” Lie too long in bed and you’ll feel “frowsty.” “Oaf-rocked” comes from Yorkshire dialect, meaning “weak as an adult due to a sheltered or pampered childhood.” Jones explains: Oaf here is either a corruption of ‘half’ (in t
Parents value structured activities over free play, according to a Gallup survey, “despite research associating unstructured, child-led play with self-confidence, social skills, and resilience,” reports NetNewsLedger. The Melissa & Doug toy company funded the poll. Parents of children 10 and under estimate their children average 19 to 21 hours per week watching media or playing on electronic devices, but only 15 to 17 hours of screen-free indoor play. Only one in five parents