Myth of Childhood
What does it mean to be a kid or adolescent?
A series of myths have clouded public thinking about the history of American childhood. These are: the myth of the “happy childhood”; the myth of “home as a haven and bastion of stability in an ever-changing world”; the myth that childhood “is the same for all children, a status transcending class, ethnicity, and gender”; the myth that the United States is a “peculiarly child-friendly society, when in actuality Americans are deeply ambivalent about children”; and the most prevalent myth, “the myth of progress, and its inverse, a myth of decline”.
Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood--book review here.