Sex, Drugs and Raising Kids

The Huffington Post:

“Anything in moderation,” the saying goes. But does this wisdom apply to the decisions we make as parents?

The temptation exists, particularly when our kids are young, to try to shield them from anything that might be even the slightest bit upsetting, unhealthy, unpredictable or dangerous. As they grow, however, we watch as they develop minds and lives of their own, and we learn that keeping them in bubble wrap is impossible, not to mention inadvisable if we want them to develop their own sense of conscience, independence and an internal compass.

In fact, some parenting folk wisdom embraces an inoculation model, suggesting we expose children to small, controlled doses of potentially problematic experiences in the effort to better prepare them to ward off future negative outcomes on their own.

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