Nov. 29th, 2009

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Submitted for consideration, from a friend's note on Facebook, Helicopter Parents and the Rising Counter Culture.

Parenting is perhaps the most sacred duty any human being can take upon themselves. When producing a new human life into this world or assuming full responsibility for one, the stakes are about as high as they can get. Yet at times the thought of entering the parental arena fills me with dread and disgust, for the very reasons this article quotes.

How did you, gentle reader, develop your parenting or child-supervising skills? Did your own experiences growing up, color your thoughts on this topic as an adult? What shaped your opinions on right and wrong parenting decisions; books, the media, other parents, your own parents? Do you have children of your own? Are you (like me) playing a key caring-adult role in a child's life with occasional parent-like authorities and privileges?

Also, for my teacher friends out there: How would you rate the spectrum of coping, problem solving, personal safety, socializing, and academic skills found in kids these days? Is over parenting a true plague as the media makes it out to be?

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