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Free Range Kids- Lock Them Up!

By Glinda


Not too long ago, this article about a mom who allowed her son to walk to soccer practice and concerned neighbors called the police was brought to my attention.

I say thank goodness for neighbors!

Imagine in this day and age, allowing your kid to walk the streets alone! I don’t care that it was broad daylight, I don’t care that it was only a third of a mile to the park.

Doesn’t this mom know that an abduction can happen in the blink of an eye? That it only takes seconds for some creep to grab her kid?

Sure, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Let the boy feel “responsible” by walking himself to practice. But would that tiny lesson of so-called responsibility be worth the possible harm that could come to him?

This world is a different one than the one we grew up in, my friends. Kids should be monitored and watched at all times. This mom was simply too lazy to care about her kid and drive him to practice. Having a “free-range” kid sounds a lot like a parent who doesn’t really care. It’s a heck of a lot easier to breezily send them out the door on their own than to personally chauffer them yourself.

Seriously, you never know when danger might be lurking. Isn’t it better to be safe than sorry?

6 Responses to “Free Range Kids- Lock Them Up!”

  1. Seana Says:

    Joyeux Poisson d’Avril!

  2. Amy Says:

    I have to disagree with you on this one, Glinda. 10 years old, in a safe neighborhood, in broad daylight : that’s plenty safe for me. Plus, if you read the article you will see that the mom was not actually “too lazy”; she thought hard about it and decided to trust him, especially since she was going to be joining him at the park 15 minutes later. Child abductions do NOT happen every day–kids are actually much MUCH safer these days than they were 20 years ago (check kid mortality rates for your area). Of course as a parent you have to be aware of risks but you cannot protect your child from everything.

  3. class factotum Says:

    Omigod. What’s next? Letting kids have their own rooms and sleep alone at night? Dating? Sending them away to college? Then they’ll GET JOBS? WHERE DOES IT END???

  4. ayla Says:

    I would let my 10-year-old walk to the park by himself. When I was ten, I walked the whole quarter mile up the road to my fifth-grade school by myself.

    I thought, by your outrage, that the kid was five or something. Ten is just old enough for this kind of activity.

  5. La Petite Acadienne Says:

    That was some awesome spoofery, Glinda. I bow to your skill.

  6. Glinda Says:

    All right, all right. Since two of you have outed me, I’ll admit this post was an April Fool’s joke.

    I was hoping that people would look at the picture and figure out I was kidding! I mean, we all know how dangerous street mimes are to kids!

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