Think of our proud founding fathers, the Minutemen who ran in from the fields to wage a revolution. These were ordinary people entrusted to win the freedom of an entire country, accustomed as they were to toiling, being tested, and rising to the occasion.
Here’s how we breed that out of our kids:
Free-Range Kids: My son is doing a play or something tomorrow. Teacher asked for props, including a shovel. My son has this kids’ gardening shovel. I knew he’d never be allowed on the bus with it. So today, since he had a dentist appt, I just brought the shovel in myself when I dropped him off after dentist. They wouldn’t let him carry it up to his classroom “because it’s metal.” They had to hold it in the office for the teacher to come get it. He’s 7, with no priors, lol.
P.S. Here’s the shovel. — A mom in Avondale, PA .
Naturally, someone will point out that this might have been an insurance issue. And we will point out that when insurance clobbers the last bit of gumption out of kids, the insurance agents win.
Not the revolutionaries. – L.