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I had heard of free range chicken/eggs/milk etc but the first time I came across the concept of free range kids is when I read this blog after watching a news item on the BBC. Lenore Skenazy, the person who started this movement and it’s associated blog supposedly let her 9 year old son use the NYC subway alone to make his way from some point in the city back home. She did it because she had taught her son how to use the subway and he felt like testing his knowledge out alone once. For this, she got branded as “America’s worst mum”.

Most of the people interviewed on the news item spoke of the horrors the world holds for innocent young kids nowadays. One spoke of how any one of the cars parked on the street could hold kidnappers who are just waiting to pounce on kids who are not accompanied all over the place. The result? Parents, very usually in mega huge SUVs, chauffeuring their kids around everywhere. God only knows how much CO2 emissions are involved in this.

I may not be the best person to understand a parent’s concern (I don’t have kids) but almost all adults alive today probably grew up with a lot of freedom, safe from abductors and sexual predators, so its a method that works and in my opinion should not be scrapped so easily. All the best to the free range kids movement!!


Written by clueso

June 14, 2008 at 11:41 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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