Today is the safest time to be a kid?

We’ve blogged about the Maryland parents who have been charged with child neglect for letting their children walk home by themselves.  There are similar  cases in Texas, Florida, and South Carolina.

The government is cracking down on “free range parents” in order to protect children from crime and other hazards.  And yet, according to the data, crimes against children are lower than they have ever been.  Other dangers–abductions, traffic accidents, children going missing, and other parental nightmares–are also lower than ever, including in those more carefree days of yesteryear when children were allowed to roam at will.

[Read more...]

When children played

Did you know there was a time when children on their own played games, sang songs, collected things, and had fun outside?

The Intercollegiate Review has posted an excerpt from the estimable Anthony Esolen’s book on child-raising (and how not to do it), Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child. [Read more...]

Readiness for 1st grade then and now

In a column on the cops busting the parents for letting their 10 and 6 year olds walk home from the park by themselves, columnist Petula Dvorak has a felicitous sentence:  “Our rapid march toward police-state parenting has got to end.”  But then she compares the checklists to see if your child is ready for 1st grade from today as compared to 1979. [Read more...]

“Free range” kids temporarily taken away from parents

We blogged about the parents in Maryland who got in trouble for letting their six and ten year old children walk home by themselves.  (See this and this.)   It happened again, and this time the Child Protective Services took their kids, if only temporarily.  CPS had found the parents guilty of child neglect, so this second offence could have serious consequences for the family.

UPDATE:  It’s even worse when we learn what the cops and the CPS put the children through.  Yes, we should worry about kids being abducted, but notice who abducted them.

[Read more...]

Family, country, God–in that order

The Barna pollsters have released a study of what factors tie into Americans’ self-identity.  The biggest factor by far is  “family.”  Then comes “country.”  Then comes religion.  Other elements, such as career and ethnicity, play a lesser but still significant role.  The mix is different according to different demographics.  After the jump, an excerpt and a link to the report, for more details. [Read more...]

Presbyterians (USA) give strong endorsement for gay marriage

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has formally expanded its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.  It becomes the largest denomination to affirm gay marriage in the strongest possible terms, upholding same sex marriage even in states where it is not legal and applying to all congregations (though pastors will be allowed to decline to participate).  After the jump, an account of the change and a summary of the position of other mainline liberal Protestant denominations and how they are different.  (The ELCA, for example, allows pastors to preside at same-sex services without formally changing the definition of marriage, as the PCUSA has done.) [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X