My wife put me on to this article from Canada.com called “Are we creating a generation of risk-averse kids?”. It’s interesting to read about how kids growing up 40 or 50 years ago entertained themselves. Things that would have been commonplace back then are now big no-no’s.
At first glance this change in what’s been deemed acceptable risk looks like it is due to safety concerns, but really it’s because parents don’t spend enough time with their kids.
Partly it’s our awareness of safety, but also it’s the result of busy parents who don’t have time to sit down with children and show them how the tools work.
“I think children need to tinker, but they also need to do this with someone in the family,” she believes. “Projects like those in 101 Things for a Boy to Make are best suited for a child and an adult to do together, yet for much of their time at home “our children are growing up alone.”
What do you think? Do you think we are raising a generation of risk adverse kids?