Are parents raising a generation of wimps?

Are parents raising a generation of wimps? Hara Estroff Marano writes in Psychology Today, “Parents are going to ludicrous lengths to take the bumps out of life for their children. However, parental hyperconcern has the net effect of making kids more fragile; that may be why they’re breaking down in record numbers.”

(via: Arts & Letters Daily)

  • Hudge

    For some odd reason, since we have no children, several of our friends who do have sought our advice in raising their kids. To a family, they’ve tried to cocoon their children – often despite proudly recounting how their own hard knocks inspired them to loftier goals, greater discipline and more thoughtful approaches to morality, ethics and life in general.

    My wonderful wife of (almost) 25 years has a knack for finding aphorisms that cut through tomes of philsophical discussion, and has found one that is the best description of the situation I’ve heard: Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.

  • lcreekmo

    Bill, I shared Wilda’s thought with a friend today who agreed that it perfectly encapsulates many situations we’ve all lived through.

    Several of us have spent our lives in search of good judgment. 😉

  • bhudgins

    Even at my advanced age, the quest for good judgment continues. There’s a tendency to always think, even in a situation that is all too familiar, that something this time will make it turn out differently. But the alternative I guess is to pull in one’s head like a tortoise. No fun there.