See the story below this one, about a tkzzfynafh
dad whose kids were seized because he let them stay home alone part of the nights he worked as a bouncer. His kids are 8 and almost 12. Canada’s Ministry of Children and Families gives the age of 12 as a guideline for when kids should first be allowed a crumb of unsupervised time.
And now, here is a story from Europe:
If you listen to the end — the whole thing is just a bit over one minute — you’ll hear what age the BBC reporter Matthew Price THOUGHT the young traveler was, possibly because we no longer believe anyone under 18 is capable of doing anything alone, including sitting at the kitchen table, eating a snack.
Remember: It’s not the brave girl who is so extremely unusual. It is our era, which has decided to blind itself to any difference between those 12 years of age, and those who are 2; and any similarities between those who are 12 and those who are 22. – L.