Then and Now: Free Range? Or Zoo?

But the thing is, I don’t think I reared my children much differently. I mean, there were superficial differences. I didn’t ignore my kids using an iPhone, I used a real book. My kids got most of their screen time on an Apple II computer, and a real TV. Car-seats were easier to use. But, the similarities are greater. I worked part-time. I wore my babies. I didn’t plan to co-sleep, but my babies insisted on it. And, of course, the only thing that kept me sane was the occasionally wine afternoon with fellow overwhelmed and incompetent Moms. No, I think the real ’Then and Now’ divide came a generation earlier. Because, my kids, like me, do not have free-range children. They have zoo children. …continue reading