MICHAELS: It’s harder for you than them, goodbye Ogie

For a moment, it felt natural to get caught up in the destruction of a Kelowna Ogopogo.

For a moment, it felt natural to get caught up in the destruction of a Kelowna Ogopogo.

Like the hundreds of people who took to our Facebook wall to express outrage about changes to City Park’s Water Park, I too thought it was pretty ridiculous that a little bit of vintage lake monster life was going the way of the dinosaur.

Plus, beyond my love for all things kitsch, there was a theme among our commenters that resonated.

Maybe our little Kelownians are being too bubble wrapped. What’s wrong with the occasional fall from an eight-feet tall concrete monster?

Most have survived and even flourished after such an experience. Goodness knows, in recent days I’ve told my child at least a dozen times that he shouldn’t be afraid to ride his bike without the trainers on.

I rode my banana-seat bike over a parked car when I was his age and I’m just fine, more or less.

That said, I talk a path I don’t walk or cycle and he knows it. It’s hard to ignore, quite honestly.

READ MORE: SOCIAL MEDIA OFFERS UPSET

No different than my generation of hardcore over-protectors, I’m a bubble wrapping ninja.

When my little nugget took to the now jack-hammered Ogopogo, I was always close at hand, urging him to jump in my arms so we could run away to somewhere padded.

This came with a healthy dose of guilt due to the fact I’m a somewhat literate bubble wrapper.

Having read countless studies that say this style of parenting is going to have consequences, I’d stay awake at night after one of these experiences trying to actualize the free range parent within. (Fun fact, “ consequences” is the modern day way of saying “you’re in deep doo-doo, kiddo.” I know this because I read it in a parenting book. Digressing.)

Helicopter parents have been around for decades and their issues are well documented.

Initial concerns centred around how this style of parenting saw kids raised in a pressure cooker, and suffering anxiety and depression as a result.

READ MORE: SO LONG TO OGOPOGO

In time, it was about how it affected working moms who couldn’t keep up with being an employee of demanding companies while also being a full time safety officer for a small human.

Now we are contemplating the way helicopter parenting feeds the growing gap between the rich and the poor.

In the new book “Love, Money, and Parenting: How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids,” economists Matthias Doepke and Fabrizio Zilibotti look at how parents in more unequal societies like Canada tend to push their children harder than those in more equal societies, like Sweden.

The more we perceive the world as one in which the winner-takes-all, the more we are likely to do whatever we can to ensure that our children are the winners. As we all know, there’s a lot of other options beyond simply winning.

It’s a lot to consider, isn’t it?

Let’s circle back to Ogopogo, though. It’s too bad it’s gone, regardless of how many sleepless nights it caused over protective parents or how many great memories it offered now grown Gen Xers and Millennials.

The thing is, when it comes to water parks, my little human will likely miss it less than I do.

The Ogopogo was never the most popular structure in that park. It was fantastic to look at and it will be missed, but it’s not really about aesthetics.

A good water park is one where loads of kids are having a wonderful time and it looks like plans for the new park will meet that aim. That said, let’s talk about it again when summer is done.

Maybe there will be new cause for hand-wringing. I mean, there always is.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaNewsKat
kmichaels@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Mounties identify woman found dead on Kelowna beach

“Our investigators do not believe criminality was involved.”

Pacific Poke bowl lovers can get a free taste at the restaurant’s ‘Grand Opening Event’

The restaurant will offer some of its specials Thursday evening at its Kelowna location

Youth Shelter Fundraiser encourages kids to play for a good cause

The fundraiser takes place April 27 at the EnergyPlex

Tribute to Kelowna’s Chinese Canadian pioneers planned

A tribute to Kelowna’s historic Chinese Canadian community got underway this weekend.

Update: RCMP confirm body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

South Okanagan community bands together on social media after shootings

Many in Penticton have turned to social media to express their condolences

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Okanagan resort seeking connnection to rail trail

Predator Ridge Resort slated to present wish for trail from resort to ORT to Vernon council

South Okanagan society looking to bring new racing event to their park

The Desert Park Exhibition Society board is looking into hosting another major event

Okanagan power outage scuttles – but not ruins – city’s mission’s Easter meals

Vernon’s Upper Room Mission will serve Easter dinner a day later due to downtown power outage

Waterway Houseboats wins $2 million for damages caused in 2012 flood

Houseboat company wins lawsuit involving Province of British Columbia, District of Sicamous

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Most Read