Miss Alexandra: I do have to keep a closer watch on my 12-year-old son due to his developmental delay/mild autism. He's extremely outgoing and friendly. That's good...but not if he winds up saying "hi" to some pervert. He's smart, but social situations, that's another story.He loves working with tools. I get him old toys at Goodwill that he can take apart. If I'm missing a screwdriver chances are it's in his room. He knows what he can or can't take apart, so his TV is safe. I can ask him to get me a Philips or flathead screwdriver and he knows what I'm talking about.
InterruptingQuirk: FTA "I have memories of childhood so different from the way my children are growing up that sometimes I think I might be making them up, or at least exaggerating them."True that.I suppose one option would be to just let my kids out into the neighborhood willy-nilly and let them be. But if other parents don't follow suit, they would effectively be out there alone. I suppose having the world to explore alone with no one to get in the way of the resources kids are interested in exploiting for fun would be great from a ease of enjoyment standpoint, but then they don't learn to interact with their peers in striving after what others also want. Then there is the village awareness that isn't there in case something does go wrong. Used to be that if Billy or Sally did do something stupid, even if they didn't play with Joey or Susie, the neighborhood whisper chain would provide that Joey and Susie knew about it anyways, and therefore even if parents didn't know the information they needed to know in the event of a problem, it still existed within the neighborhood collective awareness and only had to be retrieved through some inquiry.
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