Two contradictory discourses about childhood seem to circulate these days. One has congealed around the notion that children are growing up 'too quickly'. Others hold that young people increasingly defer growing up. But both 'too quickly' and 'too late' beg the question: 'compared to what?' Too often, present day attitudes and practices are judged against the experiences of another generation’s coming of age. Harry Blatterer finds that Daniel Donahoo's Idolising Children ignores fundamental shifts in the organisation of the life course.