Forget the push among some US academics that literary texts like Medea, the Great Gatsby and All Quiet on the Western Front, like cigarette packets, should have so-called "trigger warnings" in case they traumatise and upset unwary readers.
Classic fables and tales, while often dark and unsettling, introduce and help children deal with fears and anxieties, and build emotional and psychological confidence.
The maxim "treat others as you have them treat you" is common to most religions and forms the basis for building social cohesion and respect for others.
While unpopular in what is an increasingly secular society, it is also vital that parents imbue their children with a sense of the sacred and the transcendent nature of the human condition.
Great art and great music deal with the sublime and provide a reference point that anchors one's sense of self in a world that often lacks cohesion or a deeper sense of meaning.
It's only natural, at a time when every week there are stories about street violence, paedophilia and children being at risk, that parents seek to protect their children by smothering them in cotton wool.It's only natural that parents seek to protect their children by smothering them in cotton wool, but this leaves them unable to overcome failure and to deal with fear and uncertainty, writes Kevin Donnelly.The fact, according to recent figures, that young Australians are more likely to kill themselves than die in a car accident is an indictment on contemporary society and a wake-up call for adults responsible for the care and well being of children.If you have access to a journal via a society or association membership, please browse to your society journal, select an article to view, and follow the instructions in this box.Contact us if you experience any difficulty logging in.His book, Taming the black dog (Connor Court Publishing), deals with depression and building resilience. Access to society journal content varies across our titles.Judging by the increasing prevalence of wellness and meditation classes in schools around Australia, it's clear that many children are going to school lacking an inner sense of confidence and the ability to be assured and centred.While schools have a role to play, parents have the prime responsibility and it is their duty to ensure children learn how to be resilient and how to overcome adversity.Parents who surround their children in cotton wool and deny them the independence and risk associated with growing up also contribute to a lack of resilience and ability to overcome challenges.There is an alternative and it has nothing to do with government.