I get the impression, in reading this article, that the author is being more hyperbolic than they let on. That being said, there is a lot of merit here. As a new parent, it's been an interesting experience for me thinking through these issues. I always assumed that being an advocate of "free-range parenting" would be easy. Instinctively, however, it is not. Given the opportunity to protect my kid from harm, I find myself inclined to do so, even when the risk is nominal. Mind you I only have an infant, so much of this is just thought-experimentation for me - hypotheticals and fantasies. We'll see how it develops as Parker grows older.