As a parent of two and a 6th grade teacher, I cannot get away from over exaggerated injuries and problems with over emotional responses. Just waiting in the long line of vehicles dropping their middle schooler off on a rainy day to avoid their child waiting outside for the bus is absurd and sheds some light on why they always seem to be waiting for someone to leap to their rescue solving the ‘problems’ for them.
It is unclear to me how ‘we’ as a society went from playing outside, getting dirty, scraping your knees/elbows playing asphalt wiffle ball, etc. to this. My students call home for someone to rectify their mistakes. Forget your gymsuit? Your tennis shoes? Your lunch? Your instrument? Your homework? Your (fill in the blank #firstworldproblem). Just call home and it will appear before you, sigh, problem solved without consequences.