A friend has kindly permitted me to re-post a comment from another site:
Kids bounce. Most everything I can do today is because my parents were wise enough to set wide limits for exploration rather than setting limits to exclude it because it was dangerous.
Could some of it been dangerous or even deadly? Yep. Is …not having the experience and skill to assess risk in everyday situations dangerous or even deadly? Absolutely.
I can’t help but wonder whether helicopter parenting is much more about the fears and insecurities of the parents that the safety of their children and effectively greedy. There is nothing wrong about trying to avoid risk for your children, but there IS something wrong about putting that almost unthinkingly above the development of your children. I understand that is unlikely to be a popular opinion 🙂
Most kids seemed to survive childhood with far less limitation than seems common today. The argument seem to be that conditions today are so much more dangerous than they were – but the main differences seem to be that we hear about more dangers without any sort of critical thinking being applied than there really are more dangers, and that being an overly controlling parent is not seen as being kooky but actually seen as ‘caring’.
Applied to a dog it would be caring – for a parent it would seem to be a crime against the next generation. In an information society an inability to explore and learn independently is a death sentence.
Still I have a bias here – I care about living in a world where people are intelligent, self-responsible, and rational rather than securing the absolute safety of a single child.