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Free Ranging Children

Should parents let their kids walk to school by themselves?

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Visitor Comments: 9

(7) PatZ, September 4, 2015 2:55 PM

Right on!

Lori, you are SO right. Yes,as several parents here have noted, there are dangers in our world. There always have been and always will be. Children need to know how to protect themselves. The dangers are perhaps not exaggerated, but the perception of their frequency is utterly out of proportion with reality. I read about colleges having to literally beg parents to leave after delivering their kids to a dorm, parents going on job interviews along with their adult children, etc. we speak most admiringly of "the greatest generation" -- those who came of age during World War II. They were "great" because they HAD to be. Imagine a 19 year old boy piloting a four-wing bomber over enemy skies, being shot at by enemy planes and ground fire, and also responsible for the lives of his crewmen. Imagine an 18 year old crawling through muddy fields in Germany knowing he could die any moment, but moving on anyway if only to save his fellow soldiers. Imagine young women doing heavy work in factories to build the airplanes and tanks their men needed. These heros, many who survived despite incredible dangers which few people today can even imagine -- and many did not survive -- learned to be strong, to face fear and keep moving. They weren't BORN the "greatest," they learned how -- A PRECIOUS GIFT WE DENY OUR CHILDREN. Is there danger in the world today? Of course. After 9/11 we learned our safe little existence could be blown to bits at any moment. We need to stop protecting our children so much and instead allow them to risk growing strong and independent of us so they can develop the courage they might really need should something truly catastrophic occur someday in the future when none of us will be able to protect therm. Parents, look beyond those backyards and test scores, and give your children the greatest gift of all -- of ALWAYS having someone who can help and protect them whether you're around or not. Hand over and gift to them THEMSELVES. They can handle it, really!

(6) Kris, September 3, 2015 10:15 PM

You're correct.

Free range. Children walking to school, parks, taking public transit, should be encouraged. They will be better citizens and develop confidence earlier without "helicopter" parenting.

Anonymous, September 4, 2015 6:07 PM

NO

this is completely irresponsible and dangerous

(5) Ranee, September 3, 2015 3:56 PM

The different world we live in today!

Israel is much safer than America!
There are kidnappings and killings more often in the US than years ago when we grew up regardless of media, it is happening.
It is probably no help to the US that the southern border is so open and tons of illegal immigrants and criminals just wander over into our country. I would not recommend that a young child walk alone but in groups or at least two together. We live in a much different world today. There is much evil overseas and in the US.

(4) Dee, September 3, 2015 3:55 PM

VIP to keep up with current realities

Why not ask parents of EiTan Paz their opinion:(

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