Anxiety is like a bell curve, peaking and decreasing over a matter of minutes, but people don't realize this, because they usually don't stay in anxiety-provoking situations long enough to see that eventually, their anxiety will go down.
B-Man and K-Bird have developed a sense of confidence that I never had as a kid. In truth, I spent much of my childhood sitting on the metaphorical beach, worrying about sharks and seaweed monsters, while my friends dove gleefully into the waves. Not so for my kids.
Unaware that the novel problem of raising modern children for a post-traditional society was the foremost concern of the early republic, Americans are now embracing fashionable new solutions that happen to be nearly as old as the nation itself.