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Parents, Stop Feeling That Everything You Do Is Wrong

When was the last time you heard a curmudgeonly adult complain that kids today have it easy?

Results from this year’s National Poll on Children’s Health were released in April, suggesting that many adults — both parents and nonparents — think that children today are experiencing more stress, and worse mental health, than when they themselves were young.

This is a striking reversal of the traditional dynamic, in which adults recall the hardships and dangers of the old days, and conclude that kids today have it easy, said Dr. Matthew M. Davis, a pediatrician who is director of the poll at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan.


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