Hi all! The Deputy here. Lenore is away for a few days and I am filling in for her.
On mamapedia, the editors asked their readers to vote on this very, very dear to our free-range hearts issue: Would you let your 4th grader ride public transportation without an adult? Lenore is smiling right now…
148 readers voted. Here’s the data:
98: Hell, no! 27: It depends… 22: YES!
I bet this is an excellent snapshot of our country as a whole re the Free-Range Kid issue. Only 22 felt this way: “I have no interest in raising my children to be fearful and afraid. If we don’t give them the opportunity to be successful then they will never develop their own self confidence which is what they need most to keep safe all through their lives.” versus the 98 who felt this way: “No way! I’d be too afraid of them getting lost or in some kind of trouble. Too many weirdos out there and 4th grade is not that old, IMO. Not worth the risk of heartache you would feel forever if they didn’t make it home.”
Free-Rangers, we must continue to fight the good fight! We are battling self-centeredness masquerading as “good parenting.” Parenting is hard and can hurt–a lot. But children simply can’t grow up if we don’t let them.