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Western nations have evolved a worship of children that is toxic on many levels. The helicopter parenting I see in wealthy white suburbia is producing children that aren’t allowed to grow up or develop skills to deal with life’s challenges. It’s sad and robs children of their future. Constantly surveilling kids and coddling them may feel good as a parent- but it deprives kids of valuable life experiences that will help them grow into responsible, independent, and productive adults. We’re raising a generation of spoiled babies that will never grow up- and it’s our own fault.
My childhood was absolutely ruined by neglectful parents and their idea that god would save me from harm, but only if that was part of his “great plan”.
I was mauled by a dog, fell over a cliff, sexually abused by family members, drowned in the ocean, and that’s all before my 10th birthday. It gets worse from there but I don’t want to go into that.
Let kids explore and play, by all means, it is the most important thing, but god gave incredibly smart brains and useful little hands so we could protect our kids from harm. God uses us as his hands and eyes, don’t shirk your duty, don’t think someone else is going to protect them. That’s your most important job as a parent.
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