When I was a kid, around first grade-ish, I walked to school. It was less than half a mile from where I lived, but in my child-mind, and to my pudgy child-legs, it was at least five miles – both ways, up hill, in the snow.
Across the street from my school, there was a small market. Sometimes, my mother would give me a $1 and let me walk there, by myself, to get an ice cream or candy bar.
I am much more sheltering with my children. I still won’t let them walk to the store alone.
Helicopter parents poised
Swoop in to rescue
Unless you’re living under a rock, or outside the U.S., you’re aware of the Maryland “free-range” parents under investigation for child neglect by county Child Protective Services for allowing their two children, ages 10 and six, to walk home from a local park a mile away. According to news reports, someone saw the children walking alone and called the police. It took six cruisers to transport the children the remaining half block to their house. Then, in turn, CPS was contacted.
I understand that CPS must check out every complaint, but is this much ado about nothing? Is the environment we raise our kids in today so different from when we were young? We left home at 6am, and didn’t come home until the street lights blinked on at 6pm.