Free Range vs. Helicopter Parenting

Lenore Skenazy, known as “America’s Worst Mom,” joins Brian to chat about free-range parenting vs. helicopter parenting.

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  • kkruger71

    Saw this last summer, I was walking home from the store here in Kitchener and I saw a young girl, probably about 7, out on the street playing on a scooter with no-one else around her. The visual struck me as very jarring, and it was then that I realized you really do almost never see that anymore.
    Not addressed in the video, and I can’t speak for the parents of my generation, but I think the lack of a sense of community is highly to blame for this. I remember my parents knew who every home owner in at least a block in every direction was, even if they weren’t friends with them, and I would think that helped their confidence that we would be safe as if anything happened there were other eyes nearby that they knew. If anything did happen, those neighbours knew who we were, and where we belonged.

    • That may well be a part of it. Multiculturalism results in low trust societies.

      • ntt1

        And Urban densification, the latest fad pushed by post modernist planners, funny how they never live in the hives they so recommend

      • Jason

        Read that somewhere – that one goal of multiculturalism is to break up the natural, internal bonds within communities, so people don’t feel attachments to their neighbours and fellows in the community. I guess the idea is then folks will turn to Big Brother (the State) more readily and are just in general more easily controlled/manipulated. Probably something to that.
        Of course, it doesn’t work with islam, since muslims’ first allegiance is to islam.

        • Alain

          I also suspect it is another weapon used by the globalists pushing for a one world government, since it destroys any sense of national cohesion.

    • I think one way situational awareness is reduced is due to cell phones. It gives the parents a false sense of security and the kids certainly aren’t looking around them or using basic common sense skills the parents should be teaching them.

  • Bataviawillem

    I remember walking to school and back when I was 6, the school was 3 blocks away at I had to cross a busy road, with traffic guards of 10 to 12 year kids.
    I think I even walked to kindergarten but i am not sure.
    This was in an era where people had a little piece of rope hanging through the mail slot so the kinds could let themselves in.

    • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

      This is the first I’ve heard about “a little piece of rope hanging through the mail slot” Very clever. Of course we didn’t have a mail slot, so a key would be place in the empty yogurt container at the back door—pretty obvious but it worked.

      • Bataviawillem

        It was also quite common for kids to have a house key on a string hanging from there neck.