I don’t know why or when it happened but there’s been a massive shift in parenting styles over the last 30 odd years. Growing up in the late 1970s and 1980s I clearly recall my friends and I being left to our own devices by our parents. Don’t get me wrong, our parents were present but they weren’t constantly hovering over us. There was no helicopter parenting in my day!
I know I’m not alone. I’ve discussed this with numerous friends who grew up around the same time, and we all have these same memories. We played. Alone. With siblings. With friends. We got bored. We were told to read a book, go and ride our bikes, play with a sibling, go and call for a friend.