Another take in this article on I guess one of my obsessions from yesterday's Washington Post...have things fundamentally changed in terms of freedom for children to wander...is it a class issue...how much of the helicopter-parenting is related to living in a city...how different are things really outside it? For years now I've assumed based on probably not-enough data (observations, anecdotes from country or suburban-dwelling friends) that children do not wander around and find other kids to play with the way they did when we were kids anywhere. More supervised activities, more parent-arranged playdates (as Clint Edwards talks about in this article) and more time inside more generally because of screens, ipads, netflix, other gadgets. I'm always curious to hear from parents outside NYC. From Lenore Skenazy's research, it has certainly always sounded like a broad problem, maybe even particularly bad in places I would have imagined kids wandering the most.
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