Quotation of the Week

Why pay a stranger to meddle in your family affairs? Most simply want support and validation. Some are lured by the miracle cures on “Nanny 911.” Many live far from close family and friends and feel unsure of where to turn for reliable advice…Other parents found that coaches help them filter out conflicting advice they hear on talk shows and read in books and magazines. Pamela Paul, author of “Parenting Inc.” sees coaching as a sign of something more insidious: the professionalization of parenthood. “The parenting industry has convinced parents that they cannot trust their children’s health, happiness and success to themselves,” she writes.

From a Newsweek article on the new trend of “Parent Coaches” titled “When Kids Attack”, by Anna Kuchment

That’s how I learned what a hot-button issue this is: whether good parents ever let their kids out of their sight. But even as the stations (and Web sites and blogs) were having a field day with the story, people kept pulling me aside to say that they had been allowed to get around by themselves as kids, and boy were they glad.

They relished those memories — and thanked their parents! — and then in the next breath, they admitted: They never would let their kids do the same.

Why not? Has the world really become so much more dangerous in just one generation?

From Lenore Skenazy, founder of Free Range Kids (via Ed Gilbreath).


  1. I am new to your blog. A friend suggested I read it. I’m not sure how to take your comments or what your purpose is.

    Moreover, at times I find your comments in conflict. Perhaps that is why your message is unclear to me.

    Please help me understand.

    Thank you.

    “We must be the change we wish to see in the world”. Mahatma Gandhi.

  2. My purpose is to share reflections on my life, and that often includes conflicting emotions, responses, etc. I guess that is me being honest!

    Thanks for reading.

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