Helicopter Parents? Worse!

You’ve heard that term, I assume. Helicopter Parents. Parents who hover over their children and become too involved in their lives. For the purpose of this post, we are speaking mainly of parents of younger children, and part of the whole helicoptering thing is making sure little Johnny and Mary do not scrape their knees or other body parts.

Well, a part of society is helping foster this lifestyle by making playgrounds too safe. To the point of removing traditional items that kids play with or on. Here in Toronto, about a decade ago, the Toronto District School Board deemed the playgrounds at 172 of their public schools “unsafe’’ and razed them — slides, swings and monkey bars torn down, $27 million worth of equipment. Parents, who hadn’t been notified or consulted, were furious. The board argued it was following new, voluntary playground safety guidelines. Had there been a rash of accidents? No.

Part of the problem can be laid at the feet of our legal system. Lawsuits are much more a part of daily life than they used to be. Kid fell off a playground structure? Sue the city or the school board.

Kids need to play. Kids need to be safe. Does modern society have those two statements in proper balance?

(I like the title of DiManno’s article that follows)


Sometimes, kids need to fall down: DiManno
It’s not just helicopter parents either, hovering over precious progeny so that nary a knee might ever be scraped. Officialdom has stomped all over the once boundless domain of youthful discovery with their regulations and their proscriptions and their …


One Comment

  1. Stephanie says:

    I have not seen a merry go round in years! That was always my favourite playground toy 🙂