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    A nation of wimps

    Psychology Today article about how parents (presumably in the US) are overprotective of their kids.

    http://psychologytoday.com/articles/...12-000010.html

    Messing up, however, even in the playground, is wildly out of style. Although error and experimentation are the true mothers of success, parents are taking pains to remove failure from the equation.
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    Re: A nation of wimps

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    Psychology Today article about how parents (presumably in the US) are overprotective of their kids.

    http://psychologytoday.com/articles/...12-000010.html

    Messing up, however, even in the playground, is wildly out of style. Although error and experimentation are the true mothers of success, parents are taking pains to remove failure from the equation.
    Chip H.
    Which is part of the reason why we're such easy marks for the "war on terrah...."

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    Re: A nation of wimps

    Great point. We as a nation have become soft. If the current population would have to fend for itself like those in colonial days had to, most would starve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete
    Great point. We as a nation have become soft. If the current population would have to fend for itself like those in colonial days had to, most would starve.
    Probably me included. I hate to admit it, but its true.

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    Re: A nation of wimps

    Henry,

    We've all become soft. With office jobs, TV, the computer, modern conveniences, etc. it has made us all soft.

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    Re: A nation of wimps

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete
    Henry,

    We've all become soft. With office jobs, TV, the computer, modern conveniences, etc. it has made us all soft.
    I have to admit to a liking for indoor plumbing and decent toilet paper.

    As to TV, I've just ordered out the entire 'Benny Hill' TV series on DVD, TV ain't all bad.

    The word 'job' is not in my vocabulary.

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    Re: A nation of wimps

    How old do you have to be now before you can ride in a car without a child safety seat?

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    Re: A nation of wimps

    I think it's 10 years old and at least 80 lbs.

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    Re: A nation of wimps

    Amazing how any of us managed to survive childhood.

    I think this new risk-free society is bad for the gene pool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Amazing how any of us managed to survive childhood.

    I think this new risk-free society is bad for the gene pool.
    The secret is to never grow up.

    The risk-free society won't last, after a generation or so, the wimps will die out. One hopes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Amazing how any of us managed to survive childhood.

    I think this new risk-free society is bad for the gene pool.
    It's suffocating to the nth degree; makes me batshit.... .

    I deliberately ride my mountain bike just like I used to in the '70s and '80s - cut-off shorts, t-shirt and no god-damned helmet for saaaaafety!

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    Re: A nation of wimps

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Amazing how any of us managed to survive childhood.

    I think this new risk-free society is bad for the gene pool.
    It's suffocating to the nth degree; makes me batshit.... .

    I deliberately ride my mountain bike just like I used to in the '70s and '80s - cut-off shorts, t-shirt and no god-damned helmet for saaaaafety!
    I managed to 'drop it' once with about the degree of protective gear - it's the kind of thing you only do one time. For some reason my head and feet (no helmet and wearing loafers) managed to take the worst of it.

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    Re: A nation of wimps

    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Amazing how any of us managed to survive childhood.

    I think this new risk-free society is bad for the gene pool.
    It's suffocating to the nth degree; makes me batshit.... .

    I deliberately ride my mountain bike just like I used to in the '70s and '80s - cut-off shorts, t-shirt and no god-damned helmet for saaaaafety!
    I managed to 'drop it' once with about the degree of protective gear - it's the kind of thing you only do one time. For some reason my head and feet (no helmet and wearing loafers) managed to take the worst of it.
    I hear you... but, still.

    Hopefully, you haven't gone spandex.....

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    Hey, it takes a Real Man to wear spandex in public.

    {picture withheld to protect the innocent}


    Actually, I got tired of tearing the spandex riding shorts up whenever I fell off the mountain bike, so I switched to the 'Baggy' style, which still has the spandex inside to hold things in place, but a tough nylon outer shell to protect against rocks, trees, derailleurs, etc.

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    Re: A nation of wimps

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric

    I hear you... but, still.

    Hopefully, you haven't gone spandex.....
    Nope, they don't make spandex wide enough. And, I geve up bikes a few years ago when my balance got a tad iffy.

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