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Could free-range kids become the norm again? | The Daily Bell

Posted by M. C. on March 23, 2019

But the biggest danger is raising a generation of children who believe they are fragile and helpless — and that everyone is out to get them. Scared, helpless children are more likely to grow up into scared, helpless adults. The type of people who want the State to protect them and prop them up. The type of people who don’t believe in individual responsibility.

Half of children worldwide get less than an hour outside each day. That’s less than U.S. prison inmates.

By Jennifer Lade

“It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?” intoned a PSA from the 1960’s.

Today’s version is more like, “It’s 3 p.m. Are you holding your 12-year-old’s hand?” as people have become less tolerant of kids ever being unsupervised by adults.

But maybe, finally, the pendulum is swinging back toward sanity. That’s the case in South Carolina, which is considering a “free-range parenting” bill.

According to the Greenville News, the bill would protect parents from abuse or neglect charges for allowing children of “sufficient age or maturity” to be unattended. That includes activities such as playing outside and walking or biking to school without supervision. Parents are able to use their discretion on what “sufficient” means for their children.

The measure won approval in the Senate Judiciary Committee last month. It will now move to the Senate floor for consideration.

If it passes, it will be the second state to have a free range parenting law. Utah enacted asimilar law last May. The law redefined neglect and said that if a child’s basic needs were met, he or she could “engage in independent activities.”

If you’re over the age of 30, you can likely recall a childhood that included many independent activities. Biking, visiting playgrounds, and going to a store — all without a parent in sight — were commonplace for many of us. You were probably left in the car at one time or another and lived to tell about it…

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25 Things We Did as Kids That Would Get Someone Arrested Now

Posted by M. C. on October 14, 2018

Teach your kids what freedom feels like.

With all of the ridiculous new regulations, coddling, and societal mores that seem to be the norm these days, it’s a miracle those of us over 30 survived our childhoods.

Here’s the problem with all of this babying: it creates a society of weenies.

There won’t be more more rebels because this generation has been frightened into submission and apathy through a deliberately orchestrated culture of fear. No one will have faced adventure and lived to greatly embroider the story.

Kids are brainwashed – yes, brainwashed – into believing that the mere thought of a gun means you’re a psychotic killer waiting for a place to rampage.

They are terrified to do anything when they aren’t wrapped up with helmets, knee pads, wrist guards, and other protective gear.

Parents can’t let them go out and be independent or they’re charged with neglect and the children are taken away.

Woe betide any teen who uses a tool like a pocket knife, or heck, even a table knife to cut meat.

All of this babying creates incompetent, fearful adults.

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