One of the things I lament watching my 6-year-old grow up is that she’s not part of a huge group of children of various ages, running around without helicopter parents always watching, the way my generation was.
One of the most disturbing parts of our ongoing cultural suicide is what’s being done to children. Of course, things were bad even before the Black Death Lite came in. Already children were not being allowed to go out, except for school and carefully scheduled “play dates”. There is a ‘free range kids‘ movement that has arisen in response, but I would guess they’ve been set back considerably in the last year and a half. I can remember (yes, I am that old) that such restrictions weren’t really around when I was growing up. We didn’t exactly run wild, but going alone to get some candy at the “corner store” down the road, or playing in the nearby woods with no grownups around, was a normal thing.
One consequence of this is that most children don’t come into contact with children of different ages (increasingly, not even in…
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