FunkOut: Tax Boy: [happybabysolutions.com image 480x480]If you had twin gingers and their Irish triplet brother, you'd leash 'em too.
ReverendLoki: Now I have a young one that just turned 3 and live in a city, and even though I remember how much good having that much freedom did for me, and having read all the pro-free-range kids stuff, I'm still scared to let her out of my sight, and I'm not sure how much freedom I'll be able to bring myself to give her at what age.
The Muthaship: I'd try to sell them.
chuckufarlie: thurstonxhowell: garron: As society has become more perverse, the threat of child abduction and rape has sky-rocketed. No need to spend research funds to figure that out.Meanwhile, in reality, the rates of both child abduction and rape have plummeted.plummeted is just as inaccurate as sky-rocketed.And to be honest, he did say the THREAT has increased. That might be harder to disprove.
davidphogan: I can't imagine not being able to wander the neighboorhood with my friends as a kid. Video games were fun, but so was getting lost in the woods.
FuturePastNow: My friends and I would run around for hours on end playing "assassination," basically murdering each other with Super Soakers and Nerf guns.That was only... fifteen years ago? Kids don't seem to do that much anymore.
Rik01: I was a Free Range Kid. I've watched, with increasing concern, the steady decline of my type over the decades...
Sticky Hands: There is a lot more invested in those fewer kids, so they get watched closer.
WillyChase: davidphogan: I can't imagine not being able to wander the neighboorhood with my friends as a kid. Video games were fun, but so was getting lost in the woods.Growing up in the early 90s late 80s in middle of Davenport just off of Locust Street this is what we did. My parents knew all of our neighbors and we were allowed to roam free until the streetlights came on. The only rules were don't cross Locust, and don't go down past the train tracks in the woods. When I have children to raise I expect I'll set up a similar set of rules.
Tax Boy: [happybabysolutions.com image 480x480]
serial_crusher: If I had kids, road traffic would be the thing that worried me the most. You can't go a mile from my house in any direction without crossing a major highway. I get the impression that traffic wasn't quite that gnarly in the 1950s.
dahmers love zombieLadies and gentlemen, this is the reason we have a nation of fatass little kids. As opposed to Fark, which is the reason we have a fatass big-ol' me.
pnome: Tax Boy: [happybabysolutions.com image 480x480]Dang, three toddlers to keep track of.... I can't blame her.
orclover: I was having a casual conversation with a couple parents and teachers at my sons school the other day (he's 9), casually mentioned that since I am now bicycling with him to school every day that pretty soon he might be able to ride by himself to school like I did when I was 6.Their reaction was similar to if I had just shown them a puppy and and proceeded to rape it with a chainsaw. Guess I better wait till he's 12, don't want the cops called on me for abuse.
OnlyM3: dahmers love zombieLadies and gentlemen, this is the reason we have a nation of fatass little kids. As opposed to Fark, which is the reason we have a fatass big-ol' me.Living in a police state doesn't helpArrested for child endangerment, for allowing her 2 children to play outside
give me doughnuts: I had the best of both worlds: We lived in the 'burbs, so there were always a lot of other kids near your age and town-type places to go, and we lived on the edge of those 'burbs so we had fields and woods and creeks to play in.Mom and Dad were small town/farm kids when they grew up so they were of the "Go outside and play, be home for supper" mentality.When we got new shoes, we kept the old ones for wading in creeks and mowing the lawn.The rule was no snakes/toads/frogs/turtles/whatever-else-you-just-caught in the house.When we wanted to build a treehouse, Dad gave us the hammer with the loose head and cracked handle. Location, design, and acquisition of materials was all up to us.Baseball, football, and basketball were all played year-round.If it rolled or slid, it was raced down the hill we lived on (lots of skin got left on the pavement).If you got hurt, you were only allowed to go home unless you had a broken bone or if you were bleeding and, scrapes didn't count.Every mom on the block could/would rat you out and/or give you a needed swat of the butt for misbehavior.Homemade treats were accepted on Halloween, and adults did not accompany their kids (unless they didn't have an older sibling and were under 5).Now stay off my lawn unless you are one of my cousins' kids, and you are playing with your friends.
Sticky Hands: orclover: I was having a casual conversation with a couple parents and teachers at my sons school the other day (he's 9), casually mentioned that since I am now bicycling with him to school every day that pretty soon he might be able to ride by himself to school like I did when I was 6.Their reaction was similar to if I had just shown them a puppy and and proceeded to rape it with a chainsaw. Guess I better wait till he's 12, don't want the cops called on me for abuse.That's a pretty legitimate worry. There was local story a couple years ago about a woman cited for neglect for letting her 5 year old walk to and from school by himself.
Handsome B. Wonderful: Kids these days don't need to search the woods for dirty magazines, that's why.
Edward Rooney Dean of Students: ...Going through the exact same thing with my 3 1/2 year old. I already fell bad that we don't let her out in the back yard as much as we should (too hot, too cold, too wet, too many mosquitos, etc...). It's a tricky situation.
dahmers love zombie: Ladies and gentlemen, this is the reason we have a nation of fatass little kids. As opposed to Fark, which is the reason we have a fatass big-ol' me.
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tortilla burger: Now that I think about it, 20 years ago the rule was to run around outside, then come home for dinner at sundown. Times were simpler back then I think.
PsiChick: I would kill to let my little sister and her horde friends run around the neighborhood like I did as a kid. So would my mom and brothers. Unfortunately, said sister's father is paranoid as hell./He thinks there's multiple sex offenders in our neighborhood//I'm not entirely sure whether they're the folks who pee in public or not, because when the guy doing the research has the logic of a schizo on crack, there's no point asking.
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