Folks! I was interviewed for this article on the site PTMoney. Turns out it is one of the most cogent things I’ve ever read about the Kiddie Safety Industrial Complex, in this case, how parents end up overspending on safety for their kids, even though their kids would be extremely safe even at a lower “price point.” What a cool topic! Kudos to Emily Guy BirkenÂ for great reporting! – L.
ARE WE OVERSPENDING ON CHILD SAFETY? by Emily Guy Birken
November is National Child Safety Month â€” an observance that I personally look on with great suspicion.
That is because I am one of the few parents out there who is willing to accept a level of â€œsafe enough.â€
I worry that things like National Child Safety Month is just another way to sell parents products to keep their children safe from obscure dangers.
Making such a confession in front of my local moms group would probably be enough to get me ostracized. After all, is thereÂ anything more important than the safety of our children?!Â With the cult of absolute safety in modern America, it seems as though convenience, parental sanity, and money (especially) are all no object in trying to protect our children.
But the thing is, the cost of all this safety can be enough toÂ bankrupt average parentsÂ â€” let alone lower-income parents. Lenore Skenazy, author and blogger atÂ Free Range Kids, is similarly fed up with the sense that we need to sacrifice everything just to make our kids safe:
â€œItâ€™s as if only rich peopleÂ can afford to make their children safe, while the rest of us have to put them at risk,â€ she said. â€œThatâ€™s ridiculous!â€
It is entirely possible to raise safe, happy, and resilient kids without breaking the bank. Here are some ways to make sure you arenâ€™t overspending on safety with only diminishing returns:
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Oh, but I want the gold-plated version!