Published On: Tue, May 5th, 2015

Time Magazine Calls Him “World’s Most Embarrassing Dad” – but what do you think?

Danielle Mantakoul

BA of Ed Early Childhood and Editor at Mummy Weekly
She's described as one of the most engaging & dynamic speakers in the early childhood industry today, now having educated hundreds of thousands of parents & teachers. She has lectured for organisations such as KU Children’s Services, Only About Children, Qantas, National Australia Bank, Child Protection Australia, Goodstart and hundreds of council & private centres. She also developed and ran the popular parenting series for the Australian Financial Review.
Danielle Mantakoul

droneTime Magazine has called him the world’s most embarrassing dad. In Tennssee, Chris Early recently had a drone follow his daughter to school after she requested she walk by herself. At the tender age of 8 years old, Katie Early was not phased by the drone, and seemed to think anything was better than her dad walking behind her.

Many say Chris is being way over protective. But what exactly is overprotective these days? I say these days of course because we now have more we feel our kids need protecting from. But it’s obvious to me that the level of your protectiveness is in the eye of the beholder. What some parents may see as too much, others are shaking their heads at.

Regardless of who thinks what, I believe we are the generation that is responsible for the creation of the Cotton Wool Kid, children that have been constantly protected from their environment. But has this come out of necessity? Some parents are proud to have Cotton Wool Kids stating that you can never be too careful. I know that myself I regularly ask my kids “what’s the most important thing” and in unison they reply “to be safe”. Now that I think about it, there must of been a reason I chose the safety element to ingrain into their little heads. Why wasn’t it “be happy” or “always do your best” or even “eat well”. Perhaps our past experiences dictate where we will sit on the protective scale with our kids.

Having protective balance should not be about changing our views, but keeping ourselves in check with our own idea of balance. Last week I let my special needs son leave my side at the Coles checkout to go and grab the forgotten bread. Every ounce of me felt uncomfortable until he returned. Letting him do this, was my personal commitment to balance.

I think many of us can agree that the world has and is becoming a more dangerous place. Surely this can only lead to future generations being even more protective than their ancestors. Perhaps in years to come all children will be followed with drones? Sounds like something from a sci-fi movie right? Perhaps. But no-one can deny our school fences are getting higher, our streets no longer havens for play and less walks happening to the corner store.

By Danielle Mantakoul
Copyright 2015

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  1. Jeremy Riley says:

    Your statement “I think many of us can agree that the world has and is becoming a more dangerous place.” is one I’ve heard often, yet the data suggests the opposite. Why do parents still believe this and act accordingly?

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