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There’s a class divide here. Many children of working-class parents crave the time and attention that middle-class children get from overprotective parents.

Even when both parents work, they add supervisory hours on weekends, overscheduling their children with “play dates” they can supervise. Children of less-prosperous parents are less aggressive and engage in more spontaneous play. No play dates for them.

There are learned studies to support both approaches, but maybe it’s the right time to summon Aristotle and discover that middle way. We could build better playgrounds where children — and the parents who watch them — can enjoy a few thrills of risk and reasonable hazard. It should be fun.

Suzanne Fields is a columnist for The Washington Times and is nationally syndicated.