Recently I received an email from someone who thought I’d be interested in reading and sharing her latest blog post with my readers. To be honest, I was shocked she assumed I would consider her blog deserving! Anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis or knows anything about my business is aware I’m passionate about helmet safety. In contrast, she implies helmets are unnecessary. Here is a quick synopsis of her article: She feels today’s parents are overly protective. She uses the argument that if we survived childhood without these products/pampering etc., our kids will be just fine without them too. In particular, she lists the following 10 examples of how we are “bubble wrapping” our children:
- Car Safety Belts
- Safety Helmets
- School Principals are no longer allowed to spank students. Her blog suggests stricter discipline in the schools taught students respect for teachers etc.
- “Participation” trophies in sports aren’t allowing our children to understand the difference between winning and losing. (She might actually have a good point there.)
- Kids are punished if they get in to fights. She advocates kids should settle their own disputes without parent interference even if this means settling their own arguments with their fists.
- Parents are no longer able to hit their kids to teach them right and wrong. She seems to glorify the day when parents kept their children in line through force.
- She claims kneepads, elbow pads and wrist guards are further examples of how we are overly protecting our kids.
- Parents hover over their kids in the playgrounds etc. She feels parents are overly concerned about someone kidnapping their kid.
- Teachers are afraid to fail kids who don’t meet the grade expectations. (Again, I think there is some validity to this point.)
- Parents drive their children everywhere instead of letting them ride bikes to school or to a friend’s house for a play-date.
- Should we stop telling our kids to use condoms as well because “safe sex” is being overly protective?
- Should mothers leave their babies in their strollers outside in the fresh air outside the grocery store while they shop?
- Should we allow cigarette manufacturers to promote smoking to young people again?
- Are work place safety regulations overly protective and, therefore, they should be abolished?
- Are we being overcautious when we screen all passengers before they board a flight?
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