“Coddling” the Afterword, part 5: International Coddling

Source: Foundation For Individual Rights in Education
by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt

“Our Atlantic article and our book were titled The Coddling of the American Mind, but within a year it was clear that nearly identical dynamics were emerging in the UK, Canada, and Australia. In all three countries, childhood freedom dropped precipitously in the 1990s or early 2000s and ‘concierge parenting’ became common. A 2021 study of nearly 2000 British parents found that their children were not allowed to play unsupervised outside until they were nearly 11, while the parents themselves recalled having such freedom by the time they turned 9. The lead researcher lamented the fact that British children were not getting ‘enough opportunities to develop their ability to assess and manage risk independently,’ and she feared that this might ‘have an impact on their mental health and overall wellbeing.'” (11/16/21)