Most parents who today spend weekends shuttling kids from soccer to play dates to birthday parties are giving their children very different childhoods from their own. Just a few decades ago, most kids spent a great deal of time playing on their own, largely unsupervised. But from ultrasafe playgrounds to helicopter parenting, today's kids may be missing out on the freedom, risks and failure that once helped them to navigate the world later as adults. A new article in The Atlantic explores what today's parenting trends mean for kids' development.
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