Honore basically contends that child hood has become too rigid, that, in our quest to make our kids successful, we've stopped allowing them to just be kids - kids who are programmed, on their own, without our meddling and intervention - to discover the environement and learn at their own pace.
I am especially taken by his arguments regarding schooling and what we should / shouldn't expect of 5-year olds. We are looking into a local Montessori school for this very reason, though it's not so clear that we can afford it.
Anyway, well worth the read, especially for those of us who tend to be perfectionists and tend to what our kids to have the best shot at success. A