How to raise confident children
New York Post
We shouldn’t have to clarify that it’s legal to let kids play without adult supervision, said Lenore Skenazy. But Utah just became the first state in the nation to pass a “free-range parenting” law, which says parents can’t be arrested for letting well-cared-for children go to the park by themselves, bike to school, or briefly stay at home alone. It seems crazy, but such arrests have occurred with increasing frequency. These days, people believe that unsupervised kids “are automatically in danger”—even though the crime rate is much lower now than when today’s adults were growing up. One explanation is a 24/7 news media that thrives on fear and bad news, making rare tragedies seem commonplace. But the biggest factor is “the illusion of control” parents have gotten from technology. Before smartphones, parents accepted that when kids went out the door, they were on their own and out of touch. Now, anytime you aren’t monitoring their every move, “you are making a conscious decision to opt out of your role as omniscient protector.” That creates fear and guilt. To make your children safe, make them “street smart”: Teach them how to cross the road safely and how to respond to creepy strangers. A child can’t grow up inside a cocoon.