Definitions

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  • n. The state or phenomenon of children dominating, particularly in the context of children's needs, wishes, and preferences being accorded equal or greater status than those of adults.

Etymologies

kinder +‎ -archy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One of my favorite rising words is "kindergarchy," described here by Joseph Epstein as "rule by children," a condition whereby "children have gone from background to foreground figures in domestic life, with more and more attention centered on them, their upbringing, their small accomplishments, their right relationship with parents and grandparents."

    Freakonomics

  • One of my favorite rising words is "kindergarchy," described here by Joseph Epstein as "rule by children," a condition whereby "children have gone from background to foreground figures in domestic life, with more and more attention centered on them, their upbringing, […]

    Freakonomics

  • This problem has been painstakingly diagnosed, critiqued and named: overparenting, hyperparenting, helicopter parenting, and my personal favorite, the kindergarchy.

    Why French Parents Are Superior

  • Epstein is not a fan of kindergarchy: he calls it "dreary, boring, sadly misguided." shows that it's been around for several decades.

    Freakonomics

  • Undoubtedly such men exist, but the real problem adults are not Parker's maligned metrosexuals, but the deadbeat dads, the absentee fathers, the misogynistic hip-hoppers, and the adult male children who populate the kindergarchy.

    The American Spectator

  • Parker is much more on the mark when she talks of the effect on men of the kindergarchy:

    The American Spectator

  • Living in an ever-growing kindergarchy, kids need to learn a little heliocentric science and that the world does not revolve around them.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Digg

  • Screw the kindergarchy -- hey, maybe that's a new taboo!).

    MIND MELD: Taboo Topics in SF/F Literature

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