A 10-year old-boy and his 6-year-old sister were walking home from a park in an affluent Maryland suburb. The police stopped them and are now investigating their parents for child neglect.
The parents are said to be part of the “free-range” parenting movement. But I walked seven blocks to and from school from the time I was in the first grade, aged six. And once I could ride a bike, the whole town was my playground. My parents, who were not part of any movement, certainly weren’t neglecting me! Are the times that much more dangerous today? Evidence would suggest not, and yet letting a six-year-old walk to school like that probably seems unthinkable to most parents. (It’s unthinkable to me, thinking of my grandchildren!) [Read more...]