In a rare moment, I was actually able to listen to a program on NPR with all three kids in the car. What a luxury! The discussion centered around Steven Mintz's new book, Huck's Raft. I was intrigued by the differences in our perceptions, over time, of what a childhood should encompass. What society perceived at the turn of the century is far different than what we perceive now, one hundred plus years later. The most important thing I learned? My kids might need more freedom, than I might naturally be prone to give, in order to become their best selves. Our society doesn't maliciously withhold freedoms--we do it out of love and concern for our children's well being and safety. But sometimes, according to the author, we are doing our children a disservice by not allowing them more room to breath per se.
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