A recent issue of the New Yorker magazine contains the comment: "With the exception of the imperial offspring of the Ming dynasty and the dauphins of pre-revolutionary France, contemporary American kids may represent the most indulged young people in the history of the world." Too many toys, too few chores and mothers and fathers who doubt their own authority: is "parental hysteria" producing "a nation of wimps?" Why are so many college graduates going back home instead of venturing into the job market and building their own families? Is it time to give up "helicopter parenting" and leave kids alone so they can learn to fend for themselves, or is the millennial generation facing a historic transformation in what it takes to become a successful adult and maintain roots in the middle class?
Are American Kids Spoiled Rotten?
Elizabeth Kolbert - New Yorker staff writer and author of "Under a White Sky," "The Sixth Extinction," and "Field Notes from a Catastrophe." - @ElizKolbert, Hara Estroff Marano - Psychology Today - @PsychToday, Stephanie Coontz - Council on Contemporary Families - @StephanieCoontz, Steven Mintz - Columbia University