Thursday, September 15, 2011

"Woosification of society"

This is what my husband calls the overprotecting we do in society today of our children....he's not the only one. Here is an article about a "Nation of Wimps". Read it and let me know what you think...I will write more about it later.

6 comments:

Tara Lynn said...

I completely agree. I have heard stories of parents taking kids to their interviews for job, etc. Teachers can't use red ink because it has a negative connotation. Anyway, I am going to read that book, it sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

alicelynnalfred said...

Great article....I would have to agree! Thank you for sharing!!

chrissy said...

I don't know. I agree with the idea in general, but I think the problem I have with this article is that it bounces all over the place and uses examples to both extremes. Do I think kids are overprotected in school life? Yes, sometimes. I know moms who sign off on kid's homework or do it for them because they're kid didn't do it. Do I think kids are overprotected with hand sanitizer or cushy material under a playground? No. Kids have died from falling off high places and hitting their heads. I also have a son with ADHD and a daughter who is going through some extreme anxiety issues, and I can promise you it's not because I over-parent or plan out her life minute by minute. Some things are genetic, but can be shaped by our environment. So while I agree with the idea, I think my problem is with how it was delivered. Make sense?

chrissy said...

eeks, lots of spelling issues in that! sorry, typed it pretty fast. (*kids', *their, etc...)

Cheryl said...

Chrissy I agree with you that there are kids who have legitimate special needs and those should be taken care of and those kids should have the services necessary. However I think there are a whole slew of kids out there who's "special needs" come from parents who coddle them and who don't have any expectations, or who don't force them to do anything difficult in life. Genetics play a huge role, but so do "helicopter", smothering parents. Hand sanitizer is a good thing to a certain extent, but they are finding kids are losing immunity to simple illnesses because we are too sterile.

Wendi said...

Woosification is a great word. :D I read the article and it makes some good points. I also agree with what Chrissy said. And "helicopter" parenting is a term I learned this year from my psychologist. I have been working on not parenting that way. I appreciate being reminded that allowing my kids to struggle is often the best way for them to learn the lessons they need in life.