Yep, that's right, it turns out that regular, old, everyday germs are good for kids. So is regular, old dirt, disappointment, boredom, frustration, conflict, and the occasional playground accident. All of these help children to develop their own coping skills, creative and spiritual core, and sense of self.
So here's my unsolicited advice to parents: take a step back. Relax. Enjoy. Your baby will sleep without an expert consultant coming to your house. Your toddler will eventually leave diapers behind. I promise. The Graco stroller won't mark your child — or you — as a loser.
Let your preschooler play in the dirt, and your kindergartener deal with the classmate who pinches her.
And for God's sake, let the baby figure the spoon out for herself.
Excerpted from the article The Over-Parenting Crisis written by Katie Allison Granju