But this particular treehouse is being cast as a prop in the war on children. And here’s how it’s that. Assuming the facts are more or less accurately presented here, the parents are teaching the children some bad lessons. That parents can flout the rules when rule-flouting is for their own kids. You’re special, you know, more special than other people.
But the real war on children is represented by parents building a treehouse FOR their kids. Treehouses, for those who want to romanticize kids’ rights and rambunctiousness, are something KIDS BUILD FOR THEMSELVES. You want a playhouse or a fort or a pretend castle? Fine. Build it. If it’s in the neighbor’s yard or some other precarious spot, be prepared to have it come down. But do it yourself, and learn your own lessons as to how building materials and the world respond to your efforts. These are temporary structures. Sometimes very temporary.
A semi-permanent parent-built treehouse is just another part of the war of parents taking kids’ genuine exploratory and autonomous play away from them.