Sunday, March 04, 2007

The Bubble-Wrapped Kid

In the February 15, 2007 issue of Maclean's, Kenneth Whyte talked to author Michael Unger about parents raising a generation of over-protected kids. Michael Unger is the author of the book Too Safe for Their Own Good. You can read a short excerpt from his book here.
After you have read the interview, what is your opinion? Do you think today's parents are over-protective? Is the level of protection justified? Should kids have to wear helmets to bike/snowboard/go sledding? Are children driven around too much by their parents? Do children need to take more risks to become healthy, productive adults? What do you think?
If interested, you should be able to hear an interview with Michael Unger here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


We are Shirley Jaimes and Javier Tarazona, we are from Colombia and we study at UIS (Universidad industrial de Santander ).

We read your text called "the bubble-wrapped " about the overprotection that parents give to their children .

We read the interview and we could conclude that they could feel like adults if we give them responsibilities and the opportunity to go out and find risks .

And that is important to tell them "you are great" or maybe "congratulations ", when they do good things.

We think that to become friends of them and to live with them risky situations , would help them to make their own decisions .


11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Jane:

I read your comment.
Here in bucaramanga there are many trees, but several of them have been cut for the construction.
For that reason, this city is called "the park city"

It was a good idea to look up over the internet about Bucaramanga .
Have you ever been to Colombia ?
or would you like to come to Colombia ?

I don´t have english parents , my parents are from Colombia too.
About my name I don´t know why they chose it in english but I like my name.


10:39 AM  

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