Maybe The Shadow Doesn’t Know

“A study by the University of California, Los Angeles, has found that American kids spend 90 percent of their leisure time at home, often in front of the TV or playing video games. Even when kids are physically active, they are watched closely by adults, either in school, at home, at afternoon activities or in the car, shuttling them from place to place.” In the NYT, Clemens Wergin makes the case for free range parenting. After reading this, I realize I live the stereotypical overparenting life. After school today, I will pick up my son, give him a snack, drive him to his baseball game, and give him visual signals and verbal support as the team’s the third base coach. When he gets a hit and crosses first base, I’m sometimes surprised he doesn’t just keep on running.

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