In the dystopian (and un-put-downable) novel, “The School for Good Mothers,” parents who don’t helicopter get sent to a state re-education school. There, each interaction they have with their child is graded to see if it is kind enough, warm enough, educational enough, safe enough (obviously!) and selfless enough.
Yes, this is a parody of the standards some social service agencies demand from parents — especially moms. But how much truth is embedded in “Good Mothers”? Can you really get your kids taken away from you for trusting them to walk home from school, or not getting them to quiet down quickly enough as an government-approved instructor looks on?
Over at Let Grow we begin our discussion of the overlap between “The Good Mothers” and real life. We will be adding to it with a granular look at what can happen once the state opens an investigation of a parent, so stay tuned.
But, frankly, this first installment is worrisome enough! Remember, you can join our campaign to NARROW the neglect laws, so that neglect charges kick inÂ only when you TRULY put your kid in REAL and LIKELY danger. NOT anytime a caseworker can dream up a worst case scenario (“They could have been kidnapped in those 10 minutes, or bitten by a snake!”). The FANTASTIC news is that the Colorado House passed our “Reasonable Childhood Independence” law last week and next it goes to their Senate.
Woo hoo! Let’s keep our laws grounded in reality! (And read fiction to show us where we don’t want to end up!)