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Fear Itself

Reports of the perils of childhood have been greatly exaggerated

Aug 18, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46 • By ABBY W. SCHACHTER
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Julie Gunlock wants parents to have some perspective, and she wants them to fight the anxiety provoked by misinformation. She urges mothers and fathers to read past the headlines and talk to their pediatricians the next time they fear the latest health scare that “threatens” their childrens’ safety. I’d add that, as citizens, we need to urge perspective and restraint amongst our elected officials and regulators. 

Abby W. Schachter writes about the intersection of parenting and government policy