Though we find ourselves irritated by the “we turned out okay” refrain from parents who use their mere survival as a means to justifying all manner of 70s-style parental negligence, Lisa Belkin’s brilliant blog post is an argument in favor of free-range parenting. Here is an excerpt:
“But anyway, the point is that most of us used to play outside in the park, without our parents, without cellphones, without Purell or bottled water and we survived! Thrived! We cherish the memories! And if you believe the million studies that I’m always publishing here, kids are healthier, happier and better-adjusted if they get to spend some time each day in “free play,” without adults hovering.”
The upshot of the post is that our over-involvement is harmful to our children’s well-being.