Our culture SAYS we want to raise independent, problem-solving, self-reliant young people. We even have groups like the Scouts and Guides to foster just that ppirit.
And then for one reason or another — insurance, fear, knee-jerk no-saying — Â we do this:
I really enjoyed the movie this morning about the Japanese child. Â But right now I’m seething with frustration because I went to pick up my 9-year-old daughter from her Girl Guide meeting 1.5 blocks away last night after receiving an email saying that no girl was allowed to walk home alone.
I went in and said, “I would like my daughter to walk home at the end of meetings.Â We live 1.5 blocks away and she can walk with her 10-year-old friend who lives next door.”
I was told, “Absolutely not.Â It’s not safe, especially in this neighborhood.Â It is official Girl Guide policy.”
I am so sick of that phrase, “official policy.”Â It is MY official policy for my children to make their own way around the neighborhood, and I am so tired of people telling ME what my children are and areÂ not allowed to do. – Still Seething
Now I’m seething, too! – L