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The armor we can give our children

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 3, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    I agree with the advice, but wonder why everyone ignores it these days. Instead of preparing kids for the world and letting them develop both physical and mental immune systems we cocoon them, helicopter parent them and nanny them in as sterile a world as we can create. We are in the hand sanitiser generation of parents.

  • common twit Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    Hutterite,
    I agree with you for the most part. However, not everybody ignores the advice these days. Parents do try their best. I, for one, have tried to balance letting my kids have some freedom to learn and trying to protect them. We were honest with our kids as they grew up. We tried to tell them what we considered was dangerous. Yet, after our best efforts, our children, as adults have chosen different paths than we chose for ourselves. I am sure we made mistakes but we did try our best. We still love them and allow them to go on their path. (Not that we could change that path anyway).
    Congratulations to those of you who were perfect parents. Keep the love to those of you who were not.

  • shuzam Pleasant View, UT
    April 3, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    I think that, as with all things, we have to do the best with what we have. I feel like parenting is a tricky thing to be judge others about- we are all coming from different life experiences, our own parent's mistakes, and conflicting advice from books/tv/magazines. It is hard! Where does a struggling parent go for information and "common sense" if they weren't blessed with that as an either taught or mental gift? I imagine most "sanitizer" parents are good people, just trying to do what they think is best- unaware of the dangers of their "style" of parenting. I imagine they have issues of their own that cause them (continued)

  • shuzam Pleasant View, UT
    April 3, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    ...to feel the need to be so protective/ painfully involved. Help them to see a better way through love and kindness- not insult. I've made mistakes, my parents did, their parents did. I know lots of GOOD parents, none that are perfect. What I like about this article is that it offers a practical way of looking at teaching my children about hard things. I have experienced similar feelings as I see a child leave childhood- and she puts into words the feelings and hopes I too have- to be there to help my kids grow up.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    April 3, 2013 11:55 a.m.

    No perfect parent exists. The author of this article may very well end up with adult children who are wise and avoid the pitfalls of this generation, but even with her best, most honest and loving advise she may end up with kids that choose differently.

    We can hand our children armor and most of them will decide to wear it, some will not.