I highly recommend reading this article. The funny thing about it is that as I read it, I thought of all those Facebook posts people make saying “I remember when I was a kid and we…” I am sure you have seen them.
It seems like everyone realizes that there is a problem with overprotecting children, yet no one tries to change that with their own kids. I enjoyed the part about the statistics showing that kids still get hurt at about the same rate and the rate of child abductions being super low in regards to random abduction. Instead, the real danger is divorced parents kidnapping their kid instead of losing custody.
It was also interesting to see how kids are different nowadays when they are allowed to be unsupervised. Back in the olden days, kids would form a hierarchy, yet now, since kids are forced to share and cooperate, they tend to work together and help the younger ones. I guess that is the positive. There needs to be a mixture of both styles.
The article is long, but definitely well worth the read. Especially if you have kids. Hell, even if you do not have kids, still a great read.