As today's children impress adults with their sophisticated ways, adults begin to change their ideas about children and their needs. . . . No longer need adults withhold information about the harsh realities of life from children. . . . Rather, they begin to feel it is their duty to prepare children for the exigencies of modern life. . . . As adults act less protectively . . . and as they expose children to the formerly secret underside of their lives—adult sexuality, violence, injustice—those former innocents grow tougher, perforce, less playful and trusting, more skeptical—in short, more like adults. We have come full circle.