“Safety has become a fetish for parents as an illusion of control.”

This is a comment by Nick, mostly on the post “I’m a Sh** Parent Like Tony Hawk. Aren’t You?

Nick, mostly said:

“I’ve always said, someone’s kid must be ‘the wrong crowd’ and it very well could be mine. I also think safety has become a fetish among parents, a way to delude yourself into thinking you hold some amount of control in what is a random and capricious world. It’s a response to urbanization and rapid change, both technological and cultural.

“The idea that we can protect our kids from harm is an illusory one, and in pursuing this unattainable goal of ‘safety’ we miss out on teaching our kids what is truly important: how to be good people in a future world we may not recognize. Instead we hover about them—ever the generation of helicopter parents—while our kids come to think YOLO (‘you only live once’) is actual wisdom. We shield their eyes from pornography but let them soak in the latest Tarantino flick or FPS release. It all seems to be a cruel joke, doesn’t it?”

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