Archive for December, 2012

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Hara Estroff Marano thinks children are over-supervised and need their playgrounds to be more dangerous. [1]
Hara Estroff Marano is Editor-at-Large of Psychology Today in the US.
She argues that modern attitudes to parenting mean anxious mums and dads are crowding out the unsupervised play that kids used to enjoy.
As a result children don’t get much opportunity to solve their own problems, to practise co-operation and to test their leadership skills.
She is the author of the provocative book A Nation of Wimps.

Hara Estroff – Conversations with Richard Fidler

Hothouse parenting has hit the mainstream—with disastrous effects. Parents are going to ludicrous lengths to take the lumps and bumps out of life for their children, but the net effect of parental hyperconcern and scrutiny is to make kids more fragile. When the real world isn’t the discomfort-free zone kids are accustomed to, they break down in myriad ways. Why is it that those who want only the best for their kids wind up bringing out the worst in them? There is a mental health crisis on college campuses these days, with alarming numbers of students engaging in self-destructive behaviors like binge drinking and cutting or disconnecting through depression. [2]

[1] Hara Estroff Marano (2011-Nov-09) [ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler]
[2] A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting [Amazon]


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ScoutLinks Dec-2012


Boy’s Life Magazine
* Inside the December 2012 issue
* Links found in the December 2012 Boys’ Life magazine


Scouting Magazine [BSA]
Scouting Magazine November/December 2012 Issue

Scouting Magazine [UK]
December 2012 / January 2013


SA Scout : the South Australian Branch magazine
December 2012. Volume 6, Edition 4


Encompass Magazine : the Queensland Branch magazine
Issue 48 – Dec 2012 [PDF]

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