Ugh, just ugh. The comments on the linked article make me sick (not the ones saying the dad did nothing wrong). That poor dad should move up here to Washington where it’s perfectly normal to see kids that age at parks alone or walking around their neighborhoods.
My favorite comment was by Regina who said, “You didn’t stand behind them during their first steps? I’m not saying the entire time they were learning. But I’m assuming you were near. Which was exactly my point. You didn’t baby proof your home? not excessively but enough to keep the detergents from being ingested? or the outlets from getting played with? If you didn’t, fall to your knees and thank your lucky stars your kids are ok. Like I said, it’s risk ASSESSMENT. And, like I said, this is about judgement.”
That just cracks me up. I have 5 kids and they have all survived my apparent negligence because we don’t do any of that baby proofing. I don’t hover around my kids, not even the toddler.
The kids are also free to come and go as they please. They roam all over the neighborhood and are always at the park. They sometimes take the 1yo, too. The few times I’ve seen adults at the park (when we’re driving by) they have been with toddlers or preschoolers. Anyone older than 5 rarely has an adult with them. It’s pretty normal around here.
Readers! As we approach our third annual, “Take Our Children to the Park…And Leave Them There Day” (Saturday, May 19), this story is outrageous. Apparently a dad let his two kids, ages 6 and 9, play in a local suburban Pittsburgh park on Saturday morning for not quite two hours while he did some shopping and took a shower. That is, while he went about the tasks of everyday life.
Meantime, a woman noticed this unusual thing: Kids playing without an adult around! That this fact was “disturbing” to an onlooker is what is so disturbing about our culture. For millennia, kids kept themselves occupied while their parents were otherwise engaged. A 9-year-old watching a 6-year-old was NORMAL, not a REASON TO CALL THE COPS.
But call the cops she did. And when they got there, they charged the dad with two counts of child endangerment. Meantime, of course, child…
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