Hi Readers — One of you sent me this link to Moms Who Think. Apparently these are Moms Who Think TOO MUCH. They make outdoor play sound like sending your kid off to the Crusades. Voila:
…unlike schoolwork, outdoor play can present physical dangers that you may find downright disturbing.
Children can easily fall and hurt themselves, play dangerous games that result in harm to others, or even become targets for adult predators outside. So how can you allow your children the outdoor exercise they need without either stifling them or signing them up for an unplanned trip to the emergency room?
That sure makes outdoor play sound inviting. Hmm, should I send my kids out or do I want them to LIVE? Guess I’ll keep ’em inside!
The “tips” in the article include SUPERVISING the kids (big surprise), but it never says when you are allowed to stop. Maybe never! That’s not an inconvenience, is it? And, of course, you are also expected to canvass the playground for all sorts of DANGER. They forgot to add that parents should always pack a healthy lunch, gallons of sunscreen and an Uzi. — Lenore