Readers — This letter got me wondering, too. Eagerly awaiting your answers. – L
Dear Free-Range Kids: Â I found your blog recently and have been going through all of your past posts (driving my hubby crazy with “listen to this…..!”). Â I have been a Free-Range mom for years now (10 years, 5 kids), and I am glad to now realize that I am not as alone as I had previously thought. Â My son is 10 going on 30 and organizes his own lemonade stand, bikes to the library by himself, runs into the grocery store for me so I can sit in the van with the kids…. now my 7-year-old daughter is starting to follow in his footsteps. Â It’s amazing the confidence that comes with these freedoms.
Now the reason I write is to ask you this: Â In my community it is understood that the father NEVER drives the babysitter (typically a girl) home. Â I am convinced that this is a conspiracy concocted by men who do not want to be the designated driver. Â But, the mothers all say that this is just for the babysitters’ safety, and for the man’s safety because “misunderstandings” and false accusations do happen. Â Plus, it’s awkward for a man to be alone in a car with a teenage girl, they say. Â My driver’s license is recently suspended due to a seizure and I cannot drive the babysitter home anymore. Â My son can’t take the babysitter course for another year, and I know he isn’t ready for these responsibilities just yet. Â Is it really unreasonable to have my husband drive the babysitter home? And is this policy a universal one? Just curious! –Â Courtenay