I wouldnt say that I am a fully free-range parent, but I dont think Im over protective either. I would like to think I fall into a happy medium. A good place for us. yes for US. I dont however think that 100% in either direction is wrong either. It should be up to the parent to decide based on the maturity level and awareness of their children, on how they choose to parent. As a child from 1st grade on I was all over the neighborhood with my friends Ashley Isenberger, Makenzie Johnson, Zach Sordahl, Cindi Vice (ok cindi a few years later) and you know what? We survived! We had a great childhood! The world wasnt less scary then, the dangers were still the same we were just less aware of them but still taught never to go with a stranger and to always go out in pairs so that if one got hurt the other could run and get someone. In “the land of the free” we are slowly loosing many of freedoms, by the cops charging this man for letting his kids play at the park he has taken away his right to parent how he deems appropriate.
Readers! As we approach our third annual, “Take Our Children to the Park…And Leave Them There Day” (Saturday, May 19), this story is outrageous. Apparently a dad let his two kids, ages 6 and 9, play in a local suburban Pittsburgh park on Saturday morning for not quite two hours while he did some shopping and took a shower. That is, while he went about the tasks of everyday life.
Meantime, a woman noticed this unusual thing: Kids playing without an adult around! That this fact was “disturbing” to an onlooker is what is so disturbing about our culture. For millennia, kids kept themselves occupied while their parents were otherwise engaged. A 9-year-old watching a 6-year-old was NORMAL, not a REASON TO CALL THE COPS.
But call the cops she did. And when they got there, they charged the dad with two counts of child endangerment. Meantime, of course, child…
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