I read Jane Brody's article in the 1/19/2015 New Times about Lenore Skenazy also known as «America's Worst Mom». Skenazy extols the many virtues of letting kids build self-confidence by letting them do things on their own, such as taking the New York subway alone.http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/19/advice-from-americas-worst-momhttp://www.nysun.com/opinion/why-i-let-my-9-year-old-ride-subway-alone/73976
The articles go on to describe the prevailing helicopter-parent attitude of many Americans today.
What annoyed me with these articles is how they solely blame parents while ignoring the institutional and legal framework. While Skenazy acknowledge 'brainwashing', there is no attempt to understand how we got there.http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/07/arrested-for-letting-a-9-year-old-play-at-the-park-alone/374436http://www.alternet.org/maryland-parents-legal-trouble-letting-their-kids-walk-alonehttp://reason.com/blog/2014/07/29/no-child-left-outside-another-mom-arrest
It is fine for a well-to-do New Yorker to run a television show and write a book about how to let your children build self-confidence, but how can middle-class and lower income families deal with getting arrested and losing the custody of their children for not conforming to the majority view on parenting?www.familyrightsassociation.com
Another interesting book on this topic:
Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System: A Critical Analysis from Law, Ethics, and Catholic Social Teaching (Catholic Social Thought)
by Stephen M. Krasonhttp://www.amazon.com/Child-Family-Rights-Protective-System/dp/0810886693/ref=sr_1_3