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In Which Someone Tweets, “Giving Your Kid Freedom is Awesome Until a Psychopath…”

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3 Responses to In Which Someone Tweets, “Giving Your Kid Freedom is Awesome Until a Psychopath…”

  1. SanityAnyone? November 16, 2017 at 7:25 am #

    Yes, I agree. Giving your kids some freedom without your supervision and allowing them reasonable risk is AWESOME. We can’t forget that non-inevitable time that something horrific happens. So let’s see, should we go for the 99.9% chance that nearly every kid in town will experience awesomeness and growth with minor bumps and bruises, or make sure that every kid in town experiences stunted life in a virtual cage on the remote chance that something horrible will happen to one of them? I think we need to accept a modicum of thoughtful risk to be fully human.

  2. James November 16, 2017 at 9:53 am #

    This is an example of the Gish Gallop. There is so much wrong with this statement that to correct it would take a long, long blog post–certainly more than 280 characters! Yet it SEEMS to make sense. And your opposition can produce far more of these than you can hope to refute.

    This is one reason I hate Twitter (and the comments sections of most blogs). To really understand complex concepts takes time and effort, neither of which are amenable to a 280 character limit or the attention span that goes along with it. Argument by sound bite is futile.

  3. Mary November 20, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    As a parent, you really have one one job. To ensure your child is raised to be an independent and functional adult.