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A Culture Of Coddling?

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School decisions banning dodge ball and tag have re-ignited a broader debate on whether we are over-protecting kids. We discuss the need for letting go and letting children grow.  But others say the world has changed, and parental involvement is needed today.


  • Patrick Corbin – executive director of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association
  • KJ Dell'Antonia – editor and lead blogger for the Motherlode blog at The New York Times
  • David Finkelhor – sociology professor and director of the Crimes Against Children Research Lab at UNH
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