For the record: Dr. Leonard Sax on the collapse of parenting

We talked to the author about the perils of modern parenting

Young girl shouting to camera. (Stuart McClymont/Getty Images)

Young girl shouting to camera. (Stuart McClymont/Getty Images)

Have parents lost confidence in themselves? Have they relinquished parental authority? Maclean’s writer Cathy Gulli explored those questions in a widely read story that examined a stark reality: Despite their very best intentions, parents are at risk of losing primacy over their children. And that’s a bad thing.

Readers connected with the story from the first moment we posted it online. Only a few days later, Gulli’s story is one of’s most read and most shared stories—ever. We wanted to give readers an opportunity to engage with Gulli and Leonard Sax, the author of The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups.

We convened a live chat with Gulli and Dr. Sax. Find a recap below.

The recap