Source: Reason Magazine Things that were a regular part of growing up when most of us were kids are considered bad parenting or even criminal negligence today. We cut down whole trees when I was a kid, not huge ones, but ones that we used for making huts in the woods. I would have never considered that anyone would be upset over a child chopping a branch with an axe, unless it was someone else's branch, on a tree in their yard. Every boy carried a knife. Now, kids aren't even allowed to carry a knife. In fact, adults can't even carry knives in some places. Something similar occurred in our school district a few years ago. A parent group raised money and bought a new playground for the elementary school, and they bought a load of some kind of rubber chips to soften the ground. It all had to be removed for fear of someone being allergic to rubber. It's not that anyone at the school was allergic to rubber, but maybe the school might, one day, enroll a student who was allergic to rubber. How long has it been since you've seen a seesaw or a merry-go-round?