Hi Readers — This made my day!
Dear Free-Range Kids: Thought I would share a conversation I overheard today at my daughter’s school.Â I went to pick up my 6 year old from her after school program and arrived just in time to hear her speaking to a friend and the friend’s mother.Â I didn’t hear the beginning of the chat, but did hear her say (with emphasis!): “No, no, you’re SUPPOSED to TALK to strangers, you just don’t GO anywhere with them!Â Like, I mean, until today I never met YOU (referring to the friend’s mother), but you would think I was rude if I didn’t talk to you, ’cause you’re Amy’s Mom.”Â The mother in question was silent for several long seconds.Â And then had the good sense and good grace to say, “Huh.Â I hadn’t thought of it that way.”Â She and I then proceeded to have a lovely chat about Free-Range parenting.
My daughter learned that lesson from me, through you!Â Her school also subscribes to the same view.Â The principal once described having a police officer come in to the school on “community helper” day and being struck by the irony of having this person the kids had never met teach “stranger danger.” Â She describes it as an “Aha!” moment.
Aha! — Toronto Mom
Aha on this end too! – L