NYTimes Doesn’t Get Childhood

Then again, neither does Seattle. Not a big surprise. As far back as 1992, Seattle ranked second in negative growth of families-with-children (behind San Francisco). And, as reported last year, the exodus continues into the new millennium. And, anecdotally, Seattle is also one of the most child-unfriendly cities… ask any parent(s) who have tried to take their kids to a decent restaurant and they can tell you about the glares and stares they get. I don’t even bother anymore; maybe that’s a failure on my part.

Given that, I have to chuckle when the NYTimes scoffs at Iggulden’s The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls. Of course, The Times would scoff at nearly anything conservative. I don’t mean something politically right or left, but culturally. The take umbrage that there is any wisdom to be found in the past that doesn’t fit into their scatterbrained, 24-hours-old, cultural world-view.

Sharing my view, I discovered this commenter on Amazon.com’s Omnivoracious daily blog (which also covered/glazed-over this editorial). If this person doesn’t mind, I’d like to reprint the quote he shared from author Conn Iggulden…

“…I think we’ve become aware that the whole ‘health and safety’ overprotective culture isn’t doing our sons any favors. Boys need to learn about risk. They need to fall off things occasionally, or–and this is the important bit–they’ll take worse risks on their own. If we do away with challenging playgrounds and cancel school trips for fear of being sued, we don’t end up with safer boys–we end up with them walking on train tracks. In the long run, it’s not safe at all to keep our boys in the house with a Playstation. It’s not good for their health or their safety.”

Thanks, FredTownWard!  I’ve only checked out the Boys book, thus far.  Will have to check out the Girls book next.


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