July 30, 2008

A benefit of hyper-parenting

I caught this great quote from Tigerhawk (via Joanne Jacobs) regarding snooty parents who will see at nothing to make sure their kiddies get their way:

These parents are teaching their children to be easily discomfited, hypersensitive in the defense of their own prerogatives, and disrespectful of rules, all traits that are opposite to those required to be a good citizen.

There is some good news in this, at least if you believe that social mobility is a good thing (and I certainly do). Most of these children are from affluent, highly-educated families. If by dint of their upbringing they turn out, on average, to be as dependent and petulant as is the likely consequence of this much parental intervention, they will not be successful and will be displaced in the upper quintile by the children whose parents actually taught them to be adults.

Amen, brutha.

Posted by Hube at July 30, 2008 04:46 PM | TrackBack

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But will they then expect the government to take care of them so that those who were raised correctly will be paying for these overgrown children?

Posted by: Paul Smith at July 30, 2008 05:27 PM

Along those same lines, I was commenting to a friend the other day how kids now a days don't have any non-adult supervised play time. I learned to play baseball, etc in mine or a neighbors back yard. That doesn't happen anymore and kids don't learn to deal with various social situations on their own. Mom or Dad is always around and present. We're raising a group of kids who have very little social skills

Posted by: Mark at July 30, 2008 07:01 PM