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(NPR)   A look at how, over the past three generations, parents have evolved from telling their children to "be home before the lights come on" to "DO NOT WANDER MORE THAN AN ARM'S REACH FROM ME OR YOU'LL GET TAKEN"   ( divider line
    More: Asinine, wander, The San Diego Union  
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20884 clicks; posted to Main » on 01 Oct 2012 at 5:12 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-10-01 02:26:31 PM  
21 votes:
Your kids getting taken isn't such a bad idea, as long as you have a very particular set of skills.
2012-10-01 04:32:42 PM  
5 votes:
As a professional child stalker, I must say, my industry is going the way of the buggy whip because of paranoia. I don't like it.
2012-10-01 04:06:52 PM  
5 votes:
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2012-10-01 03:13:33 PM  
5 votes:
That's why I'm lucky I had Uncle Roy to babysit me, and I got to star in all those movies, too!
2012-10-01 02:40:54 PM  
5 votes:
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2012-10-01 07:22:47 PM  
3 votes:
A young person informed me, having grown up with keyboards, her generation types faster. I confused her when I pointed out I knew how to play outside, unsupervised.
2012-10-02 08:37:48 AM  
2 votes:

ADHD Librarian: Not so long ago there were 7 year olds down t' pit in the third world (Yorkshire) doing jobs where the lives of dozens of miners were in the hands of one minor.

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2012-10-01 08:16:59 PM  
2 votes:


My kids all went trick or treating.. the boys are older (in their 20s, probably reading this)

You let your kids grow up to be Farkers????

/time for CPS
2012-10-01 06:27:11 PM  
2 votes:

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.

Welcome to Fark, where the userbase can't waddle away from the computer long enough to procreate, but can tell you how to raise your kids.
2012-10-01 06:11:28 PM  
2 votes:

Tax Boy: [ image 480x480]

Okay, somehow Amy and Rory were turned into babies and baby-Amy got a twin and they are being held captive by some kind of bad guy. I'm sure the Doctor will save them.
2012-10-01 05:51:29 PM  
2 votes:

Tax Boy: [ image 480x480]

If you had twin gingers and their Irish triplet brother, you'd leash 'em too.
2012-10-01 05:42:02 PM  
2 votes:
It used to be so that I could get 6, maybe 7 kids in a region before the stories would start making the news. Now I'm stuck prowling the really remote places that have spotty internet because even Edna that works at the bank gets an RSS feed on my string of grisly murders.
2012-10-01 05:17:37 PM  
2 votes:
My kids go to school over 20 miles away. I'll get them up earlier tomorrow.
2012-10-01 02:42:17 PM  
2 votes:
We this article says get the boot out of the house right after breakfast and be home for dinner and supper. If one of us got grounded the rest of us would show up and hang around until we got run off....with our grounded compadre!
2012-10-01 11:52:36 PM  
1 vote:

Gulper Eel: 30 minutes music practice every single day. Why the fark did my daughter have to pick the clarinet? Have you ever heard a kid just learning to play the clarinet? HONK HONK HONK as they're learning their embouchure or whatever the fark it is. It's like living with a goose with Asperger's. I hope my son picks something nice and sedate to play like a drum set or maybe the gong.

You poor person, I picked up clarinet back in middle school, and a couple of years later, my sister took up the saxophone. Looking back, I'm pretty sure that this is why my parents kept a fully-stocked liquor cabinet. :P

/clarinet is quite easy to learn
//getting it to sound good takes years
2012-10-01 10:04:39 PM  
1 vote:

PallMall: bigbaddoc: I'm one of those parents who doesn't let the kids out of sight.

I'm 41 now... when I was 10, a friend and I were walking home from playing at another friend's house when two men in a trans am/camaro/firebird tried to forcibly abduct us. It was 5pm on the main thoroughfare in town-- a relatively busy 4 lane city street. We had the presence of mind to run in the opposite direction of traffic, and the street was far too busy for them to turn around. When they turned the corner, we ran into an open garage and hid under a car. They circled the block a few times, then gave up. We ran the three blocks back to our street and told our parents who obviously called the police.

I can still see the car, picture their faces, and remember every word of the conversation with the cop like it was yesterday. I am thoroughly convinced that they would have abducted, raped, and possibly killed us if they had managed to get us into the car.

Yeah, I'm a little overprotective with my kids, but I have good reason.

/100% true. Outside of the family, I've never told any of this to anyone other than my wife, and I can feel the waves of anxiety rise up in me as I type this.

Grow some balls, dude. Those guys probably just wanted to show you and your buddy how to be cool... you know.. smoking weed, drinking beer, etc. (TransAm/Camaro/Firebird proves this point). Sounds like you just were too scared to do anything manly.. and it's evident now.

Good luck with your future stripper/drug addict kids. It will be your own fault for sheltering them too much rather than letting them grow up like humans should.

Indubitably: *sigh*

I hear ya. It's truly depressing.

yeah, if TransAm/Camaro/Firebird don't say legit, I don't know what does.
2012-10-01 08:05:31 PM  
1 vote:

fortheloveofgod: leevis: We also got to trick-or-treat after dark. Nowadays it seems like they're finishing up just when the sun's going down.

I'm in disbelief that trick-or-treating still goes on!

The American love of free shiat overcomes their fear of being mugged.
2012-10-01 07:44:55 PM  
1 vote:
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I miss the good old days.
2012-10-01 07:34:55 PM  
1 vote:

Omahawg: it was a great time to be a 10 year old kid when this guy was kidnapping, raping, and playing 'tic-tac-toe' with knives on the corpses of kids my age.

yes, it was a wonderful time.

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johnny gosch, where's my newspaper!?!?!

Well, it's Nebraska.. WTF else are you supposed to do there?
2012-10-01 07:21:11 PM  
1 vote:

cefm: I flew cross-country to visit grandparents with my brother when we were 9-10. No adult supervision necessary.

Yuh. My ma put me on a plane to 1970s Detroit, alone, at the ripe old age of 6 (and every year thereafter). I do wonder if she'd even consider doing the same in this day and age. Even worse, if she did, the experience is probably way worse. In the '70s flying alone as a six year-old meant the stewardess checked on me every 15 minutes, I regularly got upgraded to first class, you'd get some sweet pin-on captain's wings, and like a deck of playing cards, and they'd mainline Pepsi into your gullet with a hose. Now, I'm not even sure it's possible for a 6 year-old to fly alone, legally, or logistically. "Okay honey, now once the nice man is done touching all of your private places you're going to have to find your way to domestic concourse D, and gate 132B. If you have to go to the bathroom, do not leave your Caillou backpack unattended..."
2012-10-01 06:44:24 PM  
1 vote:

Edward Rooney Dean of Students: The Muthaship: I'd try to sell them.

And who would by them? They're gingers, not people.

Poor people who cannot afford their own redheaded stepchildren to beat
2012-10-01 06:42:35 PM  
1 vote:

vernonFL: [ image 275x183]

Children are more likely to be kidnapped or abused by family or people they know than by strangers.

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2012-10-01 06:36:17 PM  
1 vote:
nobody wants your annoying ugly-ass kids anyway. let them have fun.
2012-10-01 06:35:43 PM  
1 vote:
What do I blame for the change?

Technology, the media and society.

See, as a kid, we had newspapers, one black and white TV, a radio and one fixed phone in the house for news. Then there was the theater in town for movies. TV was somewhat censored and that would not change until HBO arrived with cable TV and that alone started changing the world.

That part should have been credited to Rik01
2012-10-01 06:06:27 PM  
1 vote:
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.
2012-10-01 06:03:34 PM  
1 vote:
Kids these days don't need to search the woods for dirty magazines, that's why.
2012-10-01 05:52:10 PM  
1 vote:

FunkOut: Tax Boy: [ image 480x480]

If you had twin gingers and their Irish triplet brother, you'd leash 'em too.

I'd try to sell them.
2012-10-01 05:32:26 PM  
1 vote:

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.

Sounds a lot like my childhood. Once my dad got sick of me being in the house and handed me a magnifying glass, telling me not to come in until I found two snowflakes that were exactly alike.
2012-10-01 05:24:58 PM  
1 vote:
brap jr. is allowed to waddle his way to Fat Camp every summer, to get there on time he usually has to set out around January and gets back home sometime in December, so it works out well for everyone.
2012-10-01 05:21:42 PM  
1 vote:

ConConHead: The only time I was not allowed to roam free around my hometown was when William Suff was dumping dead hookers on the backroad trails I would ride my bike on. Linky

Did your parents think you were hooking?
2012-10-01 05:21:24 PM  
1 vote:
I remember when I was a kid [insert all of the terrible things I used to do that I recognize now were bad and my parents probably should have known about]. I also am shocked that parents are shifting to more hands on.

Given the things I used to do with my girlfriends in high school, yeah I'm probably going to be a bit more proactive than their fathers.
2012-10-01 03:34:35 PM  
1 vote:

Mr. Coffee Nerves: That's why I'm lucky I had Uncle Roy to babysit me, and I got to star in all those movies, too!

2012-10-01 02:55:57 PM  
1 vote:

dahmers love zombie: And there is no more danger now, BTW. Two generations ago, about a hundred kids were abducted and murdered by strangers in the US every year. Nowadays, it's about the same number, and when you account for population increase, that's actually a reduction.

See, that's proof that its working. If we let kids run around by themselves like we used to years ago, you'd see a 7 million percent increase in kidnapping or whatever.
2012-10-01 02:42:35 PM  
1 vote:
Thanks TV! When communication is sped up and people are racing for ratings, they'll try to scare anyone with anything. Up next, how the grass in your front yard may be killing your child.
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