Mayo Clinic: For kids, avoiding risks can be risky

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 22, 2013 - 10:51 AM

New Mayo Clinic research finds that anxiety can grow in children who are permitted to avoid scary situations.

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kinnickApr. 7, 13 7:29 PM

s/b required reading for all /helicopter parents. I live in Edina and every morning see parents walking their kids to the bus stop,when I was a kid you would have died of embarrestment! Same people will tell you this is"a better world".

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FrankLApr. 7, 13 9:07 PM

The same thing with all the safety features for kids. From playground equipment that has no excitement factor to bike helmets for every little ride, we mandate safety until the kids just become couch potatoes. What's worse, a broken bone or obesity?

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jd55604Apr. 7, 1310:29 PM

Last summer I asked my 11 year old nephew if he wanted to light up some sparklers in my backyard and he told me that he would first need to call his mom and ask her.

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r.u.4realApr. 8, 13 6:40 AM

when in doubt call mom, smart kid. if he thinks like this through out his teens...he will stay out of a lot of trouble. walking kids to the bus stop pretty good idea during this day and age. and the rate bike riders are getting hit...helmet please... zeitgeist

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SantaeroApr. 8, 13 7:36 AM

Great article, well-presented. Helicopter parenting may not be the cause, but it doesn't help; many different ways of dealing with anxieties--things to think about.

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FrankLApr. 8, 13 9:20 AM

r.u., your thinking like an adult when it comes to bike riding. If you look at how kids use bikes, it is to go down the block to the park or a friends house. They typically only put on a couple of hundred yards at a time, but over the course of the day it adds up. But who wants to constantly be putting on a sweaty, dirty helmet? Sure the parent scan force the issue, then what happens is the kids veg out in the house instead.

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klutesApr. 8, 13 9:40 AM

What a courageous young woman!!!! Georgianna's willingness to face her fears is inspirational. I hope she is very proud of herself. Amazing!

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benjammin3Apr. 8, 1310:47 AM

They needed to conduct a study to determine this? I thought it was obvious, common sense... If you shelter you children as kids, they will never become adults. Should be a no-brainer but so many parents today don't realize how much harm they do to their kids with their overprotective nature... And this is why the U.S. is falling behind the rest of the world. Our kids are pansies, because our parents are stupid.

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jarlmnApr. 8, 1311:00 AM

In an ever risk-adverse society, we are condemning ourselves to life in a figurative, if not real, padded cell.

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r.u.4realApr. 8, 13 2:32 PM

FrankL you are correct. what i am also adding in is this. (the bike thing) i want you to count the cars driving around with one head light. adding to the risk of riding a bike or the fact that the light is out they drive around with their brights on blinding the bike riders. and for me riding is like driving better to be very defensive

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