Sunday, June 01, 2008

The wrong risks

From Tony Woodlief's book review of A Nation of Wimps by Hara Estroff Marano for, the most prescient observation:

. . . So Ms. Marano's criticism of those who don't suit her limited model of parenting goes too far. But she scores a lot of points along the way. She notes that, even as parents obsessively strap bike helmets on their kids' heads and squirt antiseptic gels on their hands, the adults themselves cavalierly break up families with divorce and tolerate the rampant sexualization of prepubescent girls. In short, we're focusing on the wrong risks. Ms. Marano champions instead that delightfully old-school trait known as grit. Let children take risks, she insists. Let them learn from failure. Let them experience all the childhood freedoms and disappointments that are common in the lives of our nation's heroes. The college-admissions consultants can wait.

H/t to the Llama Butchers.

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