Wimpification

At the just completed Spring Family Weekends at Bath and Woodstock we benefited from the wisdom of Hara Marano, author of Nation of Wimps.  Speaking to both sets of parents in two separate talks, Hara gave us a lot to think about.  Perhaps it is poetic justice that the New York Daily News published an article on Tuesday on the growing “wimpification” of America’s child-raising.  (Check out 4/19: “Classic kids games like kickball deemed unsafe by state in effort to increase summer camp regulation”)

If you don’t have a chance to read the article, take this quick test: What do the following have in common?

– Freeze Tag
– Dodgeball
– Wiffleball
– Kickball
– Capture the Flag
– Red Rover

Playground games we know and loved, right?  Well, yeah, but they also share something else in common: They have been deemed too dangerous for kids by New York State bureaucrats in Albany.  Ah…… Wiffleball?

Apparently, any programs that allow kids to play these games will be required to register as summer camps and offer supervision appropriate to that designation.  Ah… um…. More Signs of the Apocalypse.

Onward,  Malcolm Gauld