Free Minds & Free Markets

After Living Abroad, Kids Struggle With American Overparenting: New at Reason

The land of the free keeps a tight leash on its kids.

Annie Spratt/UnsplashAnnie Spratt/UnsplashWhen Jean Phillipson's family returned to Fairfax, Virginia, after living in Bolivia, the main thing her 10-year-old son complained about was the bus ride home from school. "He wasn't allowed to have a pencil out," says the mom of three, "because it was considered unsafe."

Welcome back, kid, to the land of the outlandishly cautious, writes Lenore Skenazy.

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