The Overprotected Kid by Hanna Rosin

The Overprotected Kid by Hanna Rosin

As someone who doesn’t have a kid yet, I talk a big talk when I say to let kids get dirty, get hurt, and make mistakes. However, I have a siblings that are 10 and 20 years younger than me. My brother and sister have happily let me throw them into the proverbial deep end knowing I’d be there to back them up when things got rough. Our fears manifest themselves in peculiar ways, the rules we create for young and old often say as much about our insecurities as what we think of others. Check this article out and consider what it means to let children light fires and play with sharp objects.

Photograph by Peter Yang for The Atlantic
h/t to Tim Bailey for the heads up on this article

Who is Peter Pan Based On and Why Do You Think He is the Angel of Death?

Who is Peter Pan Based On and Why Do You Think He is the Angel of Death?

I saw an image today that states that the character of Peter Pan was an angel that held kids’ hands on their way to heaven. I was curious so I looked up if there is any truth to the statement. The closest I got was that James Matthew Barrie (J. M. Barrie), the author of Peter and Wendy, lost his brother David two days before the young man’s 14th birthday. David Barrie died in an ice-skating accident which both deeply affected James Matthew and his mother, J.M later wrote that his mother took solace in the idea that David would never grow old and leave home.

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