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(Daily Mail)   Helicopter mom shocked and frightened by the thought that, this year, her daughter's peers walk themselves home from school   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 126
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2013-09-12 12:02:15 AM
huh. i asked the preschooler's teacher the first day: 'so how long before he can just walk home?'
 
2013-09-12 12:03:26 AM
Is this article satire? I seriously can't tell.
 
2013-09-12 12:05:05 AM
My kid, and every kid in his school, has to walk from home to school and back every school day.

I do walk with him for a week or so across the main thoroughfare he has to cross because a lot of drivers become complacent after a holiday and inevitably a handful of kids get creamed by traffic. But after that first week, you're on your own, little one.

Apparently letting your kid walk half a mile unsupervised is child abandonment in the US nowadays. I figure it's just as well I live outside the country until this insanity passes.
 
2013-09-12 12:05:27 AM
In my school district we didn't have busses. The only way we ever had a snow day was if they couldn't clear the sidewalks by 7am. I distinctly remember being the only school district in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana open on a particularly blizzardly day. Walk or be driven is the only way I know.

/kids today are soft
 
2013-09-12 12:06:29 AM
She will really lose her shiat when she finds out it's uphill both ways.
 
2013-09-12 12:08:18 AM
I made it to the end of the second sentence/paragraph.

Is that the hi-score so far?
 
2013-09-12 12:08:25 AM
Love the 'Evel Knevel' thing. Because that's what we did when I was 10 and we rode our bikes a mile or two from school to home, played 'Evel Knevel'. Because the 70's KICKED ASS LIKE THAT!

www.vintageculture.net

Hot like road rash!
 
2013-09-12 12:10:04 AM
I walked home every day from Kindergarten on, got beat up on more than one occasion, took detours into the forest with friends, and dabbled in danger and trouble there. It was all good.
 
2013-09-12 12:11:44 AM
"All around her were tall, lithe-limbed teenagers. Girls with their hair down and their skirts a good few inches up..."

Fap
 
2013-09-12 12:12:08 AM
shiat...I was walking home from the bus stop (about 1/4 mile) on my own in first grade.  And if I missed the bus, or got in trouble and had to stay after school...I got to walk all the way home.  We were stationed in Germany and lived off-base, so it wasn't even in place where I spoke the local language.  Hell, even now, the only people I can think of that drive crazier than Massholes are Germans.
 
2013-09-12 12:12:43 AM
I took the bus home from school once, and on my walk from the bus stop to my house I was hit by a wadded up ball of aluminum foil wrapped in electrical tape. It felt like a god damn rock.
 
2013-09-12 12:12:48 AM

MFAWG: Love the 'Evel Knevel' thing. Because that's what we did when I was 10 and we rode our bikes a mile or two from school to home, played 'Evel Knevel'. Because the 70's KICKED ASS LIKE THAT!

[www.vintageculture.net image 594x476]

Hot like road rash!


I had the Evel Knievel motorcycle SST wheelie-popping action figure. It was awesome.
 
2013-09-12 12:16:39 AM
Hell, mom used to send me on the bus to the mall and bookstore alone by the time I was eight. Saw some pretty great things.
 
2013-09-12 12:16:46 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I took the bus home from school once, and on my walk from the bus stop to my house I was hit by a wadded up ball of aluminum foil wrapped in electrical tape. It felt like a god damn rock.


Oh my god! You poor baby! Did those meanies throw it at you? You just ignore them. They don't know any better.
 
2013-09-12 12:17:13 AM

buckler: MFAWG: Love the 'Evel Knevel' thing. Because that's what we did when I was 10 and we rode our bikes a mile or two from school to home, played 'Evel Knevel'. Because the 70's KICKED ASS LIKE THAT!

[www.vintageculture.net image 594x476]

Hot like road rash!

I had the Evel Knievel motorcycle SST wheelie-popping action figure. It was awesome.


Jumping ramps on a Sears Free Spirit10 speed till the rims fold up.
 
2013-09-12 12:18:54 AM

darth_badger: buckler: MFAWG: Love the 'Evel Knevel' thing. Because that's what we did when I was 10 and we rode our bikes a mile or two from school to home, played 'Evel Knevel'. Because the 70's KICKED ASS LIKE THAT!

[www.vintageculture.net image 594x476]

Hot like road rash!

I had the Evel Knievel motorcycle SST wheelie-popping action figure. It was awesome.

Jumping ramps on a Sears Free Spirit10 speed till the rims fold up.


I took my bike down a major hill and wiped out at the bottom, throwing sparks off the hub nuts.
 
2013-09-12 12:19:00 AM
The little girl who used to let me blow bubbles on her tummy was finally gone.

Don't worry, lady.  When her friends read this, she won't be walking home with them anymore.
 
2013-09-12 12:19:09 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I took the bus home from school once, and on my walk from the bus stop to my house I was hit by a wadded up ball of aluminum foil wrapped in electrical tape. It felt like a god damn rock.


I didn't think I'd hit you in the head. Sorry
 
2013-09-12 12:19:10 AM
What a coont.
 
2013-09-12 12:20:49 AM

buckler: darth_badger: buckler: MFAWG: Love the 'Evel Knevel' thing. Because that's what we did when I was 10 and we rode our bikes a mile or two from school to home, played 'Evel Knevel'. Because the 70's KICKED ASS LIKE THAT!

[www.vintageculture.net image 594x476]

Hot like road rash!

I had the Evel Knievel motorcycle SST wheelie-popping action figure. It was awesome.

Jumping ramps on a Sears Free Spirit10 speed till the rims fold up.

I took my bike down a major hill and wiped out at the bottom, throwing sparks off the hub nuts.


Broke both arms at the same time.
 
2013-09-12 12:22:03 AM
Every time I click on a Daily Mail link a little part of my soul is extinguished. Gotta stop it.
 
2013-09-12 12:23:49 AM

Twigz221: Is this article satire? I seriously can't tell.


She's exaggerating. By the time you get to the middle of her lament you can tell she and her kids are normal, she's not hovering over her kids, the kids are doing all of the normal kid stuff.

She's just saying her babies are growing up too fast and she's not ready. It's a common mommy blog subject.
 
2013-09-12 12:24:10 AM
I walked to and from school by myself, though there were crossing guards.

As sad as this sounds, I was a latch-key child without a key. I would sometimes get home from school and because both of my parents worked, I would sit on the door step waiting for someone to come home. My instructions from my father (my mother didn't care; she worked 60-80 hours a week) were to sit there unless a weirdo came by, in which case I was to yell as loud as I could and then run back to school (my dad was a compulsive worrier, although he let me deal with his worries instead of doing anything about them himself; his common refrain was that it was a sick world with a lot of bad people out there). Eventually when my parents switched my younger sister from institutional daycare to a baby-sitter, I got to go to the baby-sitter after school, too. It was quite different-there was someone waiting for me outside the school. And she would let me get a tootsie roll from 7/11 on the way home where she stopped to get her diet-coke big gulp.

I lived in Sweden for one year, when I was 8/9. I took the city bus to and from school by myself there. I didn't like it, though, as I was a very anxious child. I was terrified I would be hurt by somebody or that I wouldn't get off on the right stops.

So, I dunno, as someone with really severe anxiety and attachment issues, I found the mother's sentiments quite nice.
 
2013-09-12 12:26:28 AM
Remember, I am the woman who made my husband nail all our furniture to the wall in case anything fell on the toddlers.

What. The. fark.
 
2013-09-12 12:26:54 AM
All around her were tall, lithe-limbed teenagers. Girls with their hair down and their skirts a good few inches up.

mokiok.com
 
2013-09-12 12:27:00 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I took the bus home from school once, and on my walk from the bus stop to my house I was hit by a wadded up ball of aluminum foil wrapped in electrical tape. It felt like a god damn rock.

Oh my god! You poor baby! Did those meanies throw it at you? You just ignore them. They don't know any better.


I rode my bike to school after that but the hair gel combined with windy mornings resulted in Flock of Seagulls hair by 1st period. Which would have been fine except it was 1996.
 
2013-09-12 12:31:00 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: AverageAmericanGuy: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I took the bus home from school once, and on my walk from the bus stop to my house I was hit by a wadded up ball of aluminum foil wrapped in electrical tape. It felt like a god damn rock.

Oh my god! You poor baby! Did those meanies throw it at you? You just ignore them. They don't know any better.

I rode my bike to school after that but the hair gel combined with windy mornings resulted in Flock of Seagulls hair by 1st period. Which would have been fine except it was 1996.


It wouldn't be so wind-blown if you just ran.
 
2013-09-12 12:35:37 AM
All around her were tall, lithe-limbed teenagers. Girls with their hair down and their skirts a good few inches up.Do it, Fark.dooooo itttt
 
2013-09-12 12:36:14 AM
I know it's the Daily Fail, but a story about some lady getting upset over her daughter growing up? Really?

/yeah I know, Daily Fail, etc.
 
2013-09-12 12:36:56 AM
I walked from Kindergarten through sixth grade. After that, we moved, so I had to ride the bus.
 
2013-09-12 12:38:11 AM
I was five or six the first time I walked home from school alone. On the way home, I found an abandoned tire buried in the dirt and I was like "What the eff? FREE TIRE!"

So I dug it out of the dirt and even though it was full of rain water, I rolled it the whole way home. I can still remember showing up wet, my hands and clothes as dirty as crap, and being so proud of myself.

And, yet, as the parent of a three year old and 22 month old, I get concerned if they're out of my sight for five minutes. I'm hoping it's just a phase. Maybe I'm on my period.
 
2013-09-12 12:44:36 AM

MFAWG: Love the 'Evel Knevel' thing. Because that's what we did when I was 10 and we rode our bikes a mile or two from school to home, played 'Evel Knevel'. Because the 70's KICKED ASS LIKE THAT!


Jungle Pam!

motorsportproductions.com

Oh yeah!
 
2013-09-12 12:45:35 AM
Now is the time to bust out my 1978 Dodge Tradesman ice cream van.
 
2013-09-12 12:48:56 AM
Both my kids got to ride their bicycles to elementary school. When each one was 6 years old, in the days that immediately preceded her starting grade 1, we had her lead my wife and I all the way to school to show us that she knew the way, followed by her showing us how she would lock her bike to the bike racks. This way we knew that each one not only knew her way to and from school (a distance of just over 1km), but also what to do with her bike when she got there.

I'm pretty sure a successful demonstration followed by our trust was better than sickening anxiety.
 
2013-09-12 12:49:57 AM
I hope this is satire, because this lady would shiat bricks if she knew I walked to and from first grade all by my tiny 6-year old self.
 
2013-09-12 12:54:58 AM

StopLurkListen: . It's a common mommy blog subject.


Yes, this is mommy blog stuff. And I wish that they would keep it at the mommy blogs and not here.
 
2013-09-12 12:57:07 AM
Also I just wanna say that "Helicoptor Mom" sounds like an awesome 80's action movie
 
2013-09-12 12:57:13 AM

Twigz221: Is this article satire? I seriously can't tell.


It's the DailyFail so there is a 110% chance it's completely fabricated
 
2013-09-12 12:58:24 AM
Walked six blocks to school in grades one thru four.

Took the city bus grade five and six.

Biked or walked until the end of high school when I started driving.

This woman is an hysterical idiot.
 
2013-09-12 12:58:38 AM
It's the UK, they've been taking helicopter parenting to ridiculous lengths for about 20 years now.

You know that in the UK you can't even take pictures of your own kid at a sporting event, cuz you might be a paedophile?

Talk about 1st world, top-of-Maslowe's-pyramid problems.
 
2013-09-12 01:06:23 AM
Anything could happen, and in my head it already has. I can match your horrific imaginary outcome and top it: I am queen of the Top Trumps for dreadful things that could possibly occur when you're not stood beside your children or squeezing them breathless with love.

Hah!  Lady, I've been reading end-of-the-world sci-fi since I was younger than your daughter.  I guarantee I can out what-if you.
 
2013-09-12 01:07:13 AM
If that biatch wus my mum I'd have a neon orange motorcycle  helmet on my head 24/7.
 
2013-09-12 01:11:37 AM
"The image of her crossing the busy four-lane road outside her school gives me a brittle heartache. I subconsciously clench my fists as I contemplate how, one day, she'll face the urban temptations and terrors of inner London after school without me.
Anything could happen, and in my head it already has. I can match your horrific imaginary outcome and top it: I am queen of the Top Trumps for dreadful things that could possibly occur when you're not stood beside your children or squeezing them breathless with love."

No you can't you coont. Apparently to you London is like a combination of Pinnochio's Pleasure Island and Dickens' Land of orphan abuse.

I can easily top your stupid handwringing with even worse outcomes, but I imagine you would garrotte yourself if you heard them. Any usual Farker could trump her by explaining how all of your daughter's holes have already been violated by the headmaster repeatedly, and occasionally by the groundskeeper as well, so that some slick chimney sweep might talk her off her feet and have a snog and bollux her quim isn't out of the question.

Me? I walked home from school for 5 years, to my grandmother's house. It was about 3/4 of a mile. Halfway there, there was a convenience store that had comic books and sometimes, an arcade game. I would pause there. If I had money, I would indulge, before finishing the long trek.

Of course, that was before I was 10. I can see that kids older than that have no ability to have street smarts.
 
2013-09-12 01:13:11 AM
Daily Mail often has these articles that seem to be written by out of breath lunatics on the verge of hysteria.
 
2013-09-12 01:15:16 AM
Eh,  Just a mom talking about how it feels to accept that her daughter is growing up.  Its a blog, not news.
 
2013-09-12 01:18:16 AM
"I also made him close every toilet lid in the house when we arrived home with our newborn in case I tripped and dropped her down the loo (well, she was quite tiny). I don't share these morbid (crazy) thoughts with my children. Quite the opposite.
Because of my mad, irrational fear of imminent disaster, I've tried to prepare them to be as fearless as possible.
They kamikaze down stairs in cardboard boxes, ride bikes like Evel Knievel on acid and know no boundaries when it comes to leaping off furniture with toy swords. And I could charge for tickets to watch the four siblings brawling in our lounge (if you want my advice, place your bets on the two-year-old to win - she fights dirty).
If they do this now I figure they'll be able to cope with anything life hurls at them when they really need to be independent. But it's hard work, and facing my fears on a daily basis gnaws away at me."

I'm trying to see her part in training their fearlessness. It seems that they naturally have it, and she tries to claim she has any part other than being apoplectic.
 
2013-09-12 01:18:45 AM
Hair down and skirts up, you say?

What time did you say school lets out?

/no reason, just curious
 
2013-09-12 01:19:12 AM
Jesus, what a basket case.
 
2013-09-12 01:20:52 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Also I just wanna say that "Helicoptor Mom" sounds like an awesome 80's action movie


Personally, I would change the "Mom" to an over protective house cat.
 
2013-09-12 01:28:25 AM
Holy shiat!  Her kid's in High School and she has a problem letting her walk to school?  I was walking to school in first grade.  I bet there were WAY more molesters around back then, because nobody was paying attention to them.
 
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