Chasing Childhood Parent Guide
This documentary is a thought-provoking look at how over-parenting smothers children, impairing their mental health in the process.
Parent Movie Review
Children today are more scheduled, more supervised, and more tested than any generation before. They also have higher rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide than any other generation. Chasing Childhood looks at the disappearance of childhood in American culture and makes the case for the importance of free play, freedom, and letting go.
Chasing Childhood is a timely documentary with an important message: let kids be kids. As a former Early Childhood Educator, I have seen firsthand what happens when children are overburdened with extra curriculars, screens, and expectations. Now as a current university student I also see many of my peers struggle with perfectionism, overachievement, and anxiety. This documentary takes a hard look at how these issues arose in our culture, and what is being done to reverse it. The entire narrative is framed around the story of Savannah Eason, who crumpled under the pressure to be the best and ended up dropping out of college and entering rehabilitation for marijuana addiction as a young adult. Her mother, Genevieve, is now an advocate for free play in schools and communities in Connecticut, trying to prevent other children from going through what her daughter did.
As a documentary, I think that Chasing Childhood is affective. It presents the facts, tells stories of real people, and tugs on the heart strings. I do think they could have closed out with action items for the audience to be able to help the causes presented, as they mostly leave it open ended. That said, I do recommend this film, especially for parents and educators to be able to understand the need to change our attitudes toward childhood.Directed by Margaret Munzer Loeb and Eden Wurmfeld. Starring Genevieve Eason, Savannah Eason, Julie Lythcott-Haims. Running time: 79 minutes. Theatrical release November 11, 2020. Updated February 5, 2021
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Chasing Childhood rated Not Rated? Chasing Childhood is rated Not Rated by the MPAA
Violence: Some discussions about teen suicide rates. A young adult admits to having suicidal thoughts as a teenager. A young adult and her father describe a time when she threatened self-harm with a pair of scissors.
Sexual Content: A researcher asks a question: “How is play like sex?”
Alcohol / Drug Use: A young adult describes her past addiction to marijuana and entering rehab.
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