Readers — This letter got me wondering, too. Eagerly awaiting your answers. – L
Dear Free-Range Kids: I found your blog recently and have been going through all of your past posts (driving my hubby crazy with “listen to this…..!”). 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. 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. It’s amazing the confidence that comes with these freedoms.
Now the reason I write is to ask you this: In my community it is understood that the father NEVER drives the babysitter (typically a girl) home. I am convinced that this is a conspiracy concocted by men who do not want to be the designated driver. 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. Plus, it’s awkward for a man to be alone in a car with a teenage girl, they say. My driver’s license is recently suspended due to a seizure and I cannot drive the babysitter home anymore. My son can’t take the babysitter course for another year, and I know he isn’t ready for these responsibilities just yet. Is it really unreasonable to have my husband drive the babysitter home? And is this policy a universal one? Just curious! — Courtenay