Chasing Childhood Calls Out Excessive Parenting, Praises Childhood Freedom
"Interviewing teachers, child development experts, families, and plenty of children, Wurmfeld and Loeb provide a gritty look at the reality for today’s kids. The film presents the unfiltered reality of “helicopter parenting,” showing that a lack of freedom for children has led to overall increases in childhood anxiety, depression, and even suicidal ideation."
What happens when kids don't play supervised by adults? Are we doing our children harm?
“It’s a very important film for parents, and even if you’re not a parent or planning to be a parent, it’s an important message for you also in that we all need to learn to support each other and judge less, and we need to give the future generations freedom to grow and learn.”
Returning to its roots: Sonoma International Film Festival explores vineyards, childhood and family
"Whatever happened to recess and free play? For many schoolchildren, it’s all but been replaced by rigid schedules. That’s created a critical problem, directors Margaret Munzer Loeb and Eden Wurmfeld relate in this absorbing, relevant documentary."
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"Chasing Childhood is a timely and thought-provoking look at parenting. The film follows the ways in which parents and professionals try to foster confident, independent young people; a subject of particular interest during a time when kids are at home more than ever over the last year."
The Portland International Film Festival Is More Experimental Than Ever Thanks to the Participation of New Guest Curators
"Chasing Childhood lends specifics and expertise to a largely anecdotal issue: From kindergarten through high school, many children simultaneously face overprotection and rigorous parental demands. Take it from Stanford admissions officials and Long Island school superintendents, treating youth as a mere audition for adulthood cripples both stages of life."