Tiemann writes: “As our lives were actually getting safer, we were being sold new “problems” in order to sell us new ‘solutions.'”
What do you think? Is overparenting a Gen X phenomenon or are its roots found in Boomer market share and power-in-numbers? Why do I overparent? I agree only in part with Tiemann. I don’t think the problems we were sold were new. I think they were old problems for which Boomers and Silents found solutions. At the same time, our access to information grew and our heightened awareness followed. What normal parent, when presented with a way to prevent injury or harm physically or emotionally to their child would not act on it? Who would take unnecessary risks with their children when evil befalls in such random intervals? In this regard, the root cause of overparenting is fear. Marketers may very well have pandered to them. If that is the case, I, forgive them. I’m not sure I’d have it any other way.