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(Natural News)   Back in the day, parents allowed their kids to ride their bicycles to school, climb their neighbors' trees, or play at the local park by themselves without adult supervision. Today, they could be arrested and jailed for doing the same   (naturalnews.com) divider line 20
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2012-09-16 11:22:37 AM
2 votes:
I don't think you've lived as a kid unless a part of your body has spent 6 weeks in hard cast.

Broke my hand riding down a steep grassy hill and flipped over the handlebars. No one thought to blame my mother and they even had a wait and see policy on the emergency room. I went to choir rehearsal at church and all the adults agreed - if it was still swollen after school the next day, she should take me in.

It was, I got a cast, and learned to ride my bike one handed and carry the damned thing in and out of my apartment building. I was 11.

Now they would have had a social worker investigate my mother for child abuse and neglect and probably gone after her teacher's license.

I know a lot of Farkers will think stories like these as ridiculous but remember this the next time you call parents "breeders" looking after their "snowflakes". It's because of attitudes like this that parents get so damned overprotective - not out of fear for their children, but for fear of others accusing them of being less than perfect parents.
2012-09-15 11:30:41 PM
2 votes:
A sad and ridiculous sign of the times.
2012-09-16 03:20:47 PM
1 votes:
We were so poor that I didn't even have an onion on my belt. My mamma had to make one out of paper and sprinkle onion powder on it. Then I was arrested for cocaine possession, even though I was only 10, and seriously, have you ever seen onion powder? Apparently the cops had never seen cocaine, either. I never should have left the house.
2012-09-16 12:18:06 PM
1 votes:
Sadly, the basis premis is true. Also sadly, there are so many clusters of blame to be laid at so many feet.

Divorce: Was mentioned many times, moron divorced parents who use kids as pawns in the custody battles. That in an of itself aught to be a prosecutable criminal offence with jail time. You yourself are all farked up, so please, let's share your BS with your kids so that they can repeat the cycle yes?

Media: Great grimpin mire, now? Amber Alert! Megan's Law, This kids law, everytime something bad happens to one kid, we pass a new law to make future kids safe! Ain't that smart.

Parenting: Clueless parents who simply cannot remember their lives - I think this current parent generation were the first to have "Play Dates". My son is 30 and we were fortunate the he wanted to be outside much of the time, and while I think sk8er's are sort of silly, at least the kids in good shape, not fat and knows what a tree looks like! Add in parents who work full time plus to give their kids private school, private summer camps and new BMW's when they turn 16, and you have kids and parents with little or nothing in common sometimes.

/"If you SEE something, SAY something"
//Dude, the terroists long ago won,
///look at what is left us.
2012-09-16 10:44:21 AM
1 votes:
I moved out to the boonies, my son grew up the same way I did--dirty and outdoors.
The end.
2012-09-16 08:33:35 AM
1 votes:

The My Little Pony Killer: There are a lot more people in the world now than there were back then.


I know. And not to mention the grocery store shelves... so many choices of prepared meal. It's terrifying. The thought of more leaves me sleepless at night fearing for my stuff and things.
2012-09-16 06:57:09 AM
1 votes:

Radioactive Ass: Good god. As kids we played on 7 foot high (at least) monkey bars over bare asphalt all of the time, rode our Big Wheels down steep narrow streets, were allowed to pretty much go where ever we wanted as long as we were back by dark (or called to say that we were going to be late) and a whole host of other things (including climbing 50+ foot tall trees) that todays parents would probably have an aneurysm over it their precious snowflake even suggested that they do the same.

If your kid breaks because he\she did something stupid then that's just Darwin culling the herd. Go make another kid and hopefully the genes will work out better the next time around.


When I was a kid, if you wore a bicycle helmet you'd be an outcast. We climbed to the very top of the tallest trees we could find. My curfew when I was 9 was "Before it gets dark", just like you say. We NEVER worried about walking to the Dairy Queen or the 7-11 alone. I rode my bike alone EVERYWHERE.

The vast majority of child abductions are by estranged parents or someone else in their family.

This country has become paranoiacally pussified.

And no neighbor would ever call the cops or "CPS" if they saw me and my brother at age 11 and 9 riding our bikes without helmets at 35 mph down the asphalt hill that led to our driveway... or if we were PLAYING IN THE YARD. This is asinine.

Everything about America gets worse.
2012-09-16 06:35:42 AM
1 votes:
I used to ride my bike to the local university to play pinball...at age 7. We didn't lock the doors on the house unless we were leaving for the weekend of longer.

But then again, back in my day, we punished criminals, instead of rewarding them.
2012-09-16 05:49:00 AM
1 votes:

AbbeySomeone: Radioactive Ass: Good god. As kids we played on 7 foot high (at least) monkey bars over bare asphalt all of the time, rode our Big Wheels down steep narrow streets, were allowed to pretty much go where ever we wanted as long as we were back by dark (or called to say that we were going to be late) and a whole host of other things (including climbing 50+ foot tall trees) that todays parents would probably have an aneurysm over it their precious snowflake even suggested that they do the same.

If your kid breaks because he\she did something stupid then that's just Darwin culling the herd. Go make another kid and hopefully the genes will work out better the next time around.

When we were in gradeschool some show off kid face planted off the monkey bars onto the asphalt during recess. Our teacher stuffed wet paper towels in his mouth, gave him an ice pack and called his mother. After he went home the rest of us were given talks about safety and personal responsibility.
That sure as hell wouldn't happen now.


When I was in the first grade we had monkey bars over harden dirt. We had swings that were just bare metal chains and a seat made of thick black rubber. One day I was standing too close to the swings, waiting my turn, and got hit full in the face. Not with the feet or knees of the swinger, but with her ass. Knocked me onto my back, and hit me just right that I broke my nose. Thought me a damn good lesson. Hell, considering that I took summer school that year, it may have been the only thing I learned that year. My mother and the teacher on recess duty that day just told me that if I wasn't standing so close I wouldn't have gotten hit. Today, if that happens to a kid, odds are the parents would be demanding that the dangerous swingset be removed. Even though they all swung on them as kids and never got hurt, only any kid dumb enough to stand too close to the swinger.

Of course, another example to show just how different times are now, when I was in the first grade, around the time I got my nose broken, my teacher and I got into it. I don't remember what happened, but I was angry at her. I was huffing and puffing. I looked at her and said "Ms Johnson, I hate you." Now, I don't know what got me to say that, but you have to be a sorry ass teacher to get a first grader to say that they hate you. She looked at me and said "Okay big man, what are you going to do about it?" I just stood there, pissed. "What are you going to do big man??? Hit me?" So I did. I was a bit of a wimp and even after putting my all into it, it was a huge failure of a punch. She looked at me as I hit her and said "Go stand in the corner." She left, brought in the teacher next door, who was a friend of hers, pointed at me and said "That kid hit me in the arm. Can you believe that?" Today such things would send a kid to the special school after the police showed up to arrest the kid. On the last day of school, my mom picked me up from school. She had a container of cupcakes with her. Every classroom was having an end of the year party. My class was doing busy work. My mom entered the classroom and spoke to the teacher. The teacher didn't see the need in wasting a day of school on a party. Then she said "By the way, your son said that he hated me and then hit me back in March." My mom shrugged and said "Okay." The teacher said "That's all you have, just okay?" My mom said "It's the first week in June, you should have told me about it in March. And since it's the last day of school and you don't see the need in wasting this day on a party, unlike every other teacher in this school, I think i can see why my son hates you." That teacher really didn't care of my mom's honesty. I only know what was said because my mom told the story years later, laughing at it. Not that I hit the teacher, but that she waited until the last day of school and that she took my side in me hating her.
2012-09-16 05:27:58 AM
1 votes:
Pussification and fear. The way of the US. "Fear US - The Pussies!"
2012-09-16 05:23:19 AM
1 votes:
FTFA: According to Lenore Skenazy of Free-Range Kids, such hysteria and Stasi-style paranoia are becoming the norm in America, where children are being excessively coddled, overprotected, and treated as though they are always in grave danger of being kidnapped or harmed.

I blame this on the news media. They have successfully scared everyone into leaping at their own shadow. I walked to school pretty much every day from kindergarten through Junior High. At that was because we lived close enough to the school that I could walk there. My freshman year of school was the first time I had to ride the bus to school. I had coworkers who in my last job who could not be at work as early as I was told to be there because they had kids in school so they drove their kids to school, dropped them off and stayed at the school until the teachers let the kids into the school. When I asked why, they answered to make sure their kids were not kidnapped. I asked "Do you honestly think that someone can walk onto the school yard, among all the students and teachers and forcibly take a kid? You don't think the power of numbers might take effect and the teachers and students might stop the kidnapping?

My sister explained to me that when she picks up her kid from school, she can't just park outside and wait for her daughter to be released. No, she must sign in at the office and give them the names of her children. Next she goes to the cafeteria. One class at a time stands up, heads to an area of the cafeteria where the parents of that class go to the teacher and the teacher releases that student to their parent. Her husband is banned from picking up their kids because he said that his was a retarded system and that he didn't feel that his daughter had to be released to him by the teacher. He said that when he shows up, his daughter should be allowed to stand up, grab her things and leave with him. That got him banned. His daughter, my niece, was in kindergarten when that happened. She is now in the fifth grade and he is still not allowed on campus to get his daughter. He is considered a dangerous parent. The first day he showed up to pick up his daughter he did just that. He walked into the cafeteria, stayed in the area that he was told to stay in. He saw his daughter and told her to come with. She did just that. But since the teacher did not release the girl to him personally, they flipped out and accused him of kidnapping his daughter. He called him idiots for their over reaction. He was banned and the school was in lock down for the next week because of him and his 'attempted kidnapping'. But, when you have the news media showing parents how your kid could be potentially kidnapped in any given situation, what do you expect??? Especially with the mentality that it's better to never be out of sight from an adult than it is to know how to defend yourself.

Yes, kids do get kidnapped. But the mindset of kids at play are at risk of getting kidnapped and they must be incarcerated inside their homes instead of being able to play outside is the worst possible approach. Reporting kids at play to the police, even when the parents are watching, is a dick move. The generation of kids today are going to be the ones who will either care for us when we're unable to do so ourselves, or will give birth to the kids who will. I want kids who weren't raised as sheep by sheep parents to care for me.
2012-09-16 05:19:16 AM
1 votes:
Please don't pollute this site with stuff from Alex Jones or Natural News unless it carries a satire tag. While I agree there may be a point I agree with buried in this story look at the language and the headline. It turns out the person who was arrested was allowing their children to "ride motorized scooters in the cul de sac". Granted not a big deal but how much you want to bet there was a little more to the story than that?

Nothing comes from Natural News or Jones without being bent waaaayyyyyy out of shape. Also Natural News is a prime site for anti vaccine paranoia, chem trails, etc.
2012-09-16 05:17:51 AM
1 votes:
CSB: When my brother and I were very young, we got separated from our parents in Manhattan. We were both young enough to ride the subways for free, so he got on the subway, took the ferry to Staten Island and walked home. Parents called neighbor, who found us at home. My brother was small enough to slide through the missing window in the door and unlock it.

Nobody bothered, molested or killed us.

/1950s
2012-09-16 05:10:59 AM
1 votes:
"Be back in the yard when the streetlights come on"

"Don't get killed"

"Don't blow up any more GI Joe aircraft carriers with gasoline... the melted plastic will never come off the street"

That was a pretty comprehensive list of the rules

/yes, we really filled the USS Flagg with gas and blew it, and most of our Joes, transformers and go-bots up in one massive labor day weekend toy-death fest. End of summer, end of innocence, friends going off to private high schools.
2012-09-16 05:00:39 AM
1 votes:
WARNING: Alex Jones reference in article.
2012-09-16 04:53:58 AM
1 votes:

Radioactive Ass: Good god. As kids we played on 7 foot high (at least) monkey bars over bare asphalt all of the time, rode our Big Wheels down steep narrow streets, were allowed to pretty much go where ever we wanted as long as we were back by dark (or called to say that we were going to be late) and a whole host of other things (including climbing 50+ foot tall trees) that todays parents would probably have an aneurysm over it their precious snowflake even suggested that they do the same.

If your kid breaks because he\she did something stupid then that's just Darwin culling the herd. Go make another kid and hopefully the genes will work out better the next time around.


When we were in gradeschool some show off kid face planted off the monkey bars onto the asphalt during recess. Our teacher stuffed wet paper towels in his mouth, gave him an ice pack and called his mother. After he went home the rest of us were given talks about safety and personal responsibility.
That sure as hell wouldn't happen now.
2012-09-16 04:41:59 AM
1 votes:
Good god. As kids we played on 7 foot high (at least) monkey bars over bare asphalt all of the time, rode our Big Wheels down steep narrow streets, were allowed to pretty much go where ever we wanted as long as we were back by dark (or called to say that we were going to be late) and a whole host of other things (including climbing 50+ foot tall trees) that todays parents would probably have an aneurysm over it their precious snowflake even suggested that they do the same.

If your kid breaks because he\she did something stupid then that's just Darwin culling the herd. Go make another kid and hopefully the genes will work out better the next time around.
2012-09-16 04:35:56 AM
1 votes:
Back in the day when I was young, I'm not a kid anymore, but some days I sit and wish I was a kid again...
2012-09-15 06:59:11 PM
1 votes:
No links to the original story AND Alex Jones involvement?

Not farking sketchy at ALL.

OOH! A "Stasi" reference. High quality work!
2012-09-15 06:55:54 PM
1 votes:
So those parents who lock their kids in the closet or basement are doing the right thing now? awesome.
 
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