Newton’s famous insight, “For every action there is an equal and opposite slew of trend pieces,” has never been truer about anything than it is about parenting advice. I feel like every time I hear a catchy phrase like “helicopter parenting,” it’s a perfect description of exactly what I am not seeing in the real world.
I’m sure overparenting exists. I have no doubt that some kids could do with a little less attention, or skin on their knees, and perhaps a little more danger in their lives. But I’ve probably interacted with a couple thousand parents on playgrounds at this point (I have two daughters, ages 8 and 5), and in all that time I don’t think I have ever seen a mom or dad go to extraordinary lengths to keep little ones from bonking their heads.
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