Spoiler So, Donald Trump is assured of victory? But seriously... just a joke, honest. The thread title is for real. A new study has given very strong evidence that the reason for the low incidence of asthma among the Amish is do to the children entering the stalls of the animals, and cows in particular. Check it out: New England Journal of Medicine And, credit where it's due, there was a piece about it here: What can Amish communities tell us about asthma rates among children? So, pretty cool and stuff and things, but I guess my point is this: when I was a kid, we went out and got into all kinds of shit and there seemed to be a lot less of that kind of thing, severe allergies, asthma, etc. My mother always said, "You gotta eat a peck of dirt before you die."* So, I am curious to know your thoughts on whether to let 'em get dirty and go off and have fun on their own, or no damn way, I know where my kids are at all times, they have lots of supervised activities, and play dates and wonderful social things but in predefined safe spaces, for lack of a better term? I have no intent to hide my bias/predisposition, but I have witnessed the very arch-type of the helicopter parent in another family, and while I can understand it, I would not choose to live that way. But that's not the real point of this post. I am interested in your reaction to the result of the study and whether it would change how you would raise your children if you had any choice? *Usually followed by, "Just don't do it all at once."