editorial in the Las-Vegas Review-Journal, which is, of course, weighing in on the Meitiv case in Maryland. Who isn’t? After denouncing the idea of investigating parents who let their kids walk around the neighborhood, the paper adds —
Other questions to ponder: Do parents who never leave their kids’ side have the authority to set standards for your kids?
Do you have the right to decide whether your kids are safe to explore their neighborhoods, or must you defer to the values of adults who’ll call the cops if you do? [LENORE HERE: This should also apply to letting your kids wait in the car during a brief errand.]
How much actual abuse and neglect slips through the system because of our collective preoccupation with nearly nonexistent abduction threats?
Further, considering the number of busybodies who are so concerned with child welfare, would this country have the juvenile obesity problem it has today if it were OK for kids to go out and play, outside the presence of an adult — like they could even 20 years ago? If they were allowed to play on school playgrounds, unsupervised, for more than 20 minutes before classes start?
And might parents be less stressed out if they didn’t face criminal charges for failing to schedule supervision for every minute of their children’s lives? [LENORE AGAIN: Remember, we have also criminalized parents who make a conscious decision to let their kids wait in the car a short time when the conditions are not dangerous.]
All wonderful questions…that we’ve been asking here for a long time. Frankly, most articles and editorials I’m seeing sound downright Free-Range. Which makes sense, since we are supposedly the land of the free, and that includes kids! – L.