If you’re younger, it’s unlikely you did any of these things.
Author Gever Tulley suggests, “If you’re over 30, you probably walked to school, played on the monkey bars, and learned to high-dive at the public pool.
Let me suggest three huge mistakes we’ve made leading this generation of kids and how we must correct them. Interviews with young adults who never played on jungle gyms reveal they’re fearful of normal risks and commitment. If you didn’t feel pain, you could burn yourself or step on a nail and never do something about the damage and infection until it was too late. Similarly, taking calculated risks is all a part of growing up. Childhood may be about safety and self-esteem, but as a student matures, risk and achievement are necessities in forming their identity and confidence.
We live in a world that warns us of danger at every turn. The truth is, kids need to fall a few times to learn it is normal; teens likely need to break up with a boyfriend or girlfriend to appreciate the emotional maturity that lasting relationships require. Because parents have removed “risk” from children’s lives, psychologists are discovering a syndrome as they counsel teens: High Arrogance, Low Self-Esteem.
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We want the best for our students, but research now shows that our “over-protection, over-connection” style has damaged them. Psychologists in Europe have discovered that if a child doesn’t play outside and is never allowed to experience a skinned knee or a broken bone, they frequently have phobias as adults.They’re cocky, but deep down their confidence is hollow, because it’s built off of watching You Tube videos, and perhaps not achieving something meaningful.Flite offers a technology platform to empower professional advertisers to deliver ads that live up to the expectations of their audience. Finally, build apps and integrate into your ads within minutes.Recently, I read about a father, Paul Wallich, who built a camera-mounted drone helicopter to follow his grade-school-aged son to the bus stop. This “safety first” preoccupation emerged over thirty years ago with the Tylenol scare and with children’s faces appearing on milk cartons. So we put knee-pads, safety belts and helmets on them…at the dinner table. Yet, has the world become that much more dangerous? But our society has created pervasive fears about letting kids be independent—and the consequences for our kids are serious.” Unfortunately, over-protecting our young people has had an adverse effect on them.
He wants to make sure his son arrives at the bus stop safe and sound. “Children of risk-averse parents have lower test scores and are slightly less likely to attend college than offspring of parents with more tolerant attitudes toward risk,” says a team led by Sarah Brown of the University of Sheffield in the UK.
There’s no doubt the gizmo provides an awesome show-and-tell contribution. Aversion to risk may prevent parents from making inherently uncertain investments in their children’s human capital; it’s also possible that risk attitudes reflect cognitive ability, researchers say.” Sadly, this report won’t help us unless we do something about it.