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Government bailouts and “helicopter parents.”

Posted by Bill Nance on November 26, 2008

There’s an interesting column today in the Detroit Free press about accountability, bailouts and parenting.

The Juice:

You can hardly walk into a public school these days without hearing about helicopter parents and the damage they are inflicting on the current generation of American schoolchildren.
In the latest edition of their classic, “Parenting with Love and Logic,” parenting gurus Foster Cline and Jim Fay (who coined the term a generation ago) argue that moms and dads who are “forever running lunches, permission slips, band instruments and homework assignments to school” are short-circuiting the natural consequences that teach children to take responsibility for their actions and omissions.

“The real world does not run on the bailout principal,” the authors warn. “Traffic tickets, overdue bills, irresponsible people, crippling diseases, taxes — these and other normal events of adult life usually do not disappear because a loving benefactor bails us out.”

Well, no — not usually.

But these are hardly usual times. And since 2006, when Cline and Fay wrote those words, the bailout principle has been making a big comeback wherever the real world threatens to exact a price for irresponsible behavior.

Something to think about…


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