A few weeks ago, I wrote about Lenore Skenazy’s proposed Take Your Kids to the Park and Leave Them There Day. The Free Range Kids advocate is urging parents of children over the age of 7 to take them to a public park and leave them there alone. Unattended. Unsupervised. Untethered from mom and dad.
Tomorrow, May 22, is the appointed day and lots of people are freaking out. While some predict arrests for those who leave their kids unsupervised, others warn of mass child abductions. The father of murdered 12-year-old Polly Klass says the whole thing is a “knuckledheaded” idea and many in the media seem to agree. Skenazy herself is preparing for the possiblity that something bad will happen to someone’s child and she will be blamed.
But, on the other side of the coin are those who think that maybe it is time to lighten up and let our kids roam a little. As Skenazy says, “children, like chickens, deserve a life outside the cage.”
Some of us here at Strollerderby have decided to give it a go tomorrow. We might feel a little nervous about it, but we will push through. We will take our children to the park and leave them there alone for a little while. What about you? Are you ready to ready to put your fears aside — even for just fifteen minutes — to let your child out of the cage?
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