Too Safe for Their Own Good

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Canadian children are safer now than at any other time in history. So why are we so fearful for them? When theyre young, we drive them to playdates, fill up their time with organized activity, and cocoon them from every imaginable peril. We think we…
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    Canadian children are safer now than at any other time in history. So why are we so fearful for them? When theyre young, we drive them to playdates, fill up their time with organized activity, and cocoon them from every imaginable peril. We think we are doing whats best for them. But as they grow into young adults and we continue to manage their lives, running interference with teachers and coaches, we are, in fact, unwittingly stunting them.Internationally respected social worker and family therapist Michael Ungar tells us why our mania to keep our kids safe is causing us to do the opposite: put them in harms way. By continuing to protect them from failure and disappointment, many of our kids are missing out on the risk-takers advantage, the benefits that come from experiencing manageable amounts of danger. In Too Safe for Their Own Good, Ungar inspires parents to recall their own childhoods and the lessons they learned from being risk-takers and responsibility-seekers, much to the annoyance of their own parents. He offers the support parents need in setting appropriate limits and provides concrete suggestions for allowing children the opportunity to experience the rites of passage that will help them become competent, happy, thriving adults.In many communities, we are failing miserably doing much more than keeping our children vacuum-safe. They are not getting the experiences they need to grow up well. An entire generation of children from middle class homes, in downtown row houses, apartment blocks, and copycat suburbs, whose good fortune it is to have sidewalks and neighbourhood watch programs, crossing guards, and playground monitors, are not being provided with the opportunities they need to learn how to navigate their way through lifes challenges. We dont intend any harm. Quite the contrary. In our mania to provide emotional life jackets around our kids, helmets and seatbelts, approved playground equipment, after-school supervision, an endless stream of evening programming, and no place to hang out but the tiled flooring of our local mall, we parents are accidentally creating a generation of youth who are not ready for life. Our children are too safe for their own good.From Too Safe for Their Own Good

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    Format
    E-Bok
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    Filformat
    ePUB
    Utgivelsesår
    2009
    Forlag
    McClelland & Stewart
    Språk
    Engelsk
    ISBN
    9781551992792
    Sider
    240

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