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1 Norbrook  Mar 3, 2015 7:44:35am

I’ve often thought that if I were a child today, my parents would be in jail and my sisters and I would be in foster care. Not that they were doing anything wrong or bad, just that things that we didn’t think twice about then are “horrible neglect” by today’s standards. Like “walk to school,” “go out and play,” run around town, go hiking, fishing, exploring, pick berries and fruit, all sorts of activities we were (horrors!) encouraged to do without having a parent watching us at every moment. In fact, often without their knowing exactly what we were up to at any given point. Tsk.

2 danarchy  Mar 3, 2015 9:59:49am

This is a huge pet peeve of mine. Me and my brother who was a year older than I was used to basically get home from school, do our homework and then went out to play with other kids in the neighborhood until dinner time. We went out bike riding, walking through the woods, doing crazy things like building rickety ramps out of scrap wood to jump our bikes off of(all without helmets, which in retrospect was a bad idea, but hey we survived). All of this without our parents having any real idea where we were other than “out playing”. These were the days when they couldn’t just call our cell phones to check in on us either. Those are some of the best memories I have of childhood.

The world just isn’t as dangerous as some people seem to think it is.

3 William Barnett-Lewis  Mar 3, 2015 11:28:15am

I can only imagine how badly these people would freak out at the thought of when I’d go out of the house with my .22 rifle and a couple of boxes of ammo. I might chase squirrels or I might just shoot targets but I’d certainly never be back to the house before all the ammo was gone on those summer afternoons when I was 10 or 12 years old.


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