Our children are now protected from papers marked with red pens, other people’s food, germs on the counter, dirt at the playground and a whole lot of other things I just can’t think of at the moment. While I appreciate the evolution of laws about seat belts and smoking I have to wonder whether we have distorted parental love and concern into something that is just not helpful to our children. The desire to protect our children is normal and natural. I just wonder if it has gone too far…. if perhaps we are creating more problems than we avoid.
If you don’t believe in the value of the struggle, then just ask your mother…. Mother Nature, that is!
Think about it: little birds and chickens working hard to break out of their shells, salmon struggling upstream to spawn and helpless baby turtles inching toward the surf…Nature clearly favors those who struggle and adapt. Is that true of the rest of us?