Lenore Skenazy the author of Free Range Kids: How to raise Safe, Self-reliant Kids Without Going Nuts with Worry, once let her 9 year old son ride a NYC subway home from school by himself and was promptly crucified in the media for being a shitty mom.
Nothing could be further from the truth of course. She educated him on the route he needed to take, the “do’s and dont’s” of being a young straphanger, dangers to watch out for, and then waited for him at his stop. She understands more than many parents today that one of the biggest responsibilities parents have is instilling a sense of self-reliance, resilience and confidence in their children.
Sadly, part of the nannification of society is convincing parents to convince their kids that the world is a threatening and dangerous place… That there’s a Jerry Sandusky lurking in every alleyway and bush. According to Skenazy, it’s creating a future generation that will be scared little rabbits — less self-reliant, resilient and confident and thus more likely to be dependent on others (like the state) to take care of them.
How bad is it getting according to Skenazy? Check out this outrage from her blog:
“Yes, readers, it’s another case of child protective craziness. According to the Manchester, Conn. Patch, a local mom was charged with “risk of injury to a minor and failure to appear after police say she allowed her seven-year and 11-year old children to walk down to Spruce Street to buy pizza unsupervised.”
When a mom can be arrested for letting her almost teenager and younger sibling walk a half-mile to a pizza parlor to pick up dinner, something’s wrong. Yes, there are creepies and crawlies in the world, and yes, there are really bad people, but has it gotten so dangerous that letting your kids out of the house unsupervised should be a crime? Let me know what YOU think.