We don't even let kids go down tall slides any more, which means that it is harder for them to learn how to overcome fear and feel good about accomplishing something. Which is a triliion times worse than a skinned knee or a bruise. Kiddiehood is supposed to prepare us for life, not pretend to protect us from it.
I agree 100% on this. Our kids are older now (11, 13, 16), but we never did the helicopter parent thing (the hovering). We made fun of parents (well, not to their face, lol) that never let their precious little fragile plants do fun stuff that, yes, might be a bit scary or risky. I'm very nurturing, don't get me wrong - but we instilled in our kids a sense of independence from the youngest age. It shows now, in that they can basically run our entire household (including the budget) without our help.
Also they are not freaked out easily. When I homeschooled my oldest, my youngest was "along for the ride." We did REAL science. Not that worksheet crap. Anything he wanted. We had a biology teacher friend who taught him a lot and gave him tons of resources. Things I would consider gross to be honest (heh) but he LOVED it. He especially loved studying insects. I stayed far away from that but he got his little sister to love it too. To this day, if there is a rogue spider in the house, they will scoop it up and put it outside - they wouldn't dream of stomping it, lol (and yes they know how to ID a poisonous one).
On a somewhat similar note, my daughter (11) had two friends over last night to hang out and then go trick-or-treating. She wanted to show them the TV show "Scare Tactics" - one of her favorites, which is quite hilarious (it's a prank show where someone gets the shit scared out of them). It is not "R" rated by any means. More like PG. Her friends could NOT handle it. It was very strange, they were petrified
, even though my daughter tried to explain it was just actors - it was a prank, etc. Finally we turned of the TV so they would calm down. WTF, lol.
Or maybe our family is just weird.