Blogging the Boston Globe: Leave Those Kids Alone!

Blogging the Boston Globe: Leave Those Kids Alone!

Kristin
Jul 25, 2007

Maybe Pink Floyd was right after all. In a recent Boston Globe article, anthropologist David Yancy points out that the American style of parenting, which includes a great deal of parent/child interactive play, is a distinct feature only found in wealthy developing countries, and that it is, "...a recent byproduct of the pressure to get kids ready for the information-age economy."

The problem, as Yancy sees it, is that hyper-engaged play is often touted as the best example of excellent parenting, and a lot of money is being spent to force this style of parenting onto other socio-economic classes, effectively negating other parenting styles.

Cultural imperialism, or excellent parenting? Or both? What do you think? Is this where helicopter parenting starts, or is this an exemplary way of parenting? And is there any middle ground?

Illustration, Aaron Meshon, for the Boston Globe.

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