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Free range kids


I'm betting PENolan would like that idea, if she doesn't already know it.

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Submitted by Aeryl on

I have at work, are about this subject, outside of politics.

My fellow moms at work, are absolutely amazed that I let my daughter roam the neighborhood unsupervised.

"There aren't any sidewalks!"

"You can't see her that far away!"

And on, and on, and on.

Never mind that she has a cell phone(aren't I horrible?). Never mind that she needs that kind of freedom to grow. Never mind that she knows to watch for cars. Never mind that she knows to never go with strangers. Never mind that if she doesn't leave the house, I'll go mad.

The most important thing is that you never be found lacking in "the most important job a woman can ever do!"

Weirdly, the guys I work with seem to get it. But then all the fear mongering done to parents in the media today isn't really aimed at them, but at the mothers, so they won't let themselves get the idea that being a breeder isn't the most important thing EVAH! And of course, these are mostly ignorant sexist men, who see child rearing as mainly "wimmin's work". The more active and involved the men are, the more they fall prey to the fear mongering, IMO.

My boss and I actually got into a pretty nasty argument, when I tried to say that the world today is a safer place than it was when we were kids. Women are raped less, kidnapping is down, crime overall is down. But no one believes it, because its all over the news, so it must be happening more.

Plus, it's easy. No one wants to believe that their kid is in more danger from the adults they meet through their parents, than some faceless stranger, facelessly plotting to take them.

Some people think that this is people giving themselves more responsibility than necessary, but actually I think it's a pretty serious abdication of parental responsibility.

Why bother to teach your kids how to protect themselves. That's hard and scary, because kids don't always listen to their parents, and even if they do, it might not make any difference, because bad things happen. It's easier to never let them out of your sight.

Submitted by lambert on

... and all over town, with the other kids. (In the street! With cars!! Sometimes at night!!!)

It sounds like that wouldn't be possible any more. Sad. More than sad, sick.

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Submitted by penolan on

I did not know about Free Range Kids. Thanks for turning me on to this intriguing idea. It makes me think I really do need to start working on The Menopausal Stoners Guide to Parenting.