Podcast Episode 43: Why Parents Fear the Wrong Things

Podcast Episode 43: Why Parents Fear the Wrong Things

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It’s well established that ours is the most hovering, protective, micro-managing generation of parents there has even been. We’re less likely to let our kids play in the park on their own, even though we may mourn the loss of a “simpler time” when kids had that sort of freedom to roam. My guest on this episode is Christopher Shulgan, author of Superdad: A Memoir of Rebellion, Drugs and Fatherhood. Chris and I delve into the relationship between fear and freedom in parenting. He shares some statistics that show the world is not a more dangerous place than it was when we were kids. We explore how to do the challenging work of decoupling protectiveness and good parenting in our minds, then gradually allowing our kids the freedom they need to grow into capable adults.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Chris.

Chris’s 1,000 Families post

Chris’s book Superdad: A Memoir of Rebellion, Drugs and Fatherhood

Dan Gardner’s book Risk: Why We Fear the Things We Shouldn’t and Put Ourselves in Greater Danger

Canada’s Missing Children Annual Report (RCMP)

Podcast Episode 4: Helicopter Parenting and Over-Scheduled Kids

Chris’s Favourite Parenting Advice:
“The best piece of parenting advice I’ve ever received came from my dad and he said, ‘There’s three areas of life: Your social life, your career and your family life. You only have time to be successful in two of the three areas. What you have to do is choose two of the three areas where you are going to try to be successful. So what I’ve tried to do is devote my time to my career and my family life, and your social life kind of suffers when you have children. Every day I think about that.”

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About Brandie Weikle

Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by