I don’t care.
Back in the day, I’d walk 1 mile through an orchard home from jr. high.
That’s just asking for an Amber Alert nowadays.
Except for that one time, I have never let my kids walk 2 blocks home alone from school.
Playing in the front yard? Not without me watching.
Will I let them ride their bikes across town to the baseball card shop alone like Hubby did when he was a kid, oh hells no!
I read a few chapters from Free Range Kids.
I’ll take my psycho paranoia anyday.
Today we left one week of vacation from Lake Tahoe and saw the usual road closure/snow/traffic alert sign on Hwy 50 read something scary as hell…..
CHILD ABDUCTION ALERT, ’94 pink Lincoln, CONT (?) plates (plate #)
Hello, the whole Jaycee Dugard episode replayed in my head.
She was 11 when she was kidnapped.
From Lake Tahoe.
I have an 11-year-old.
I don’t have anymore details, it could have happened anywhere in the state or adjoining states…but it just gave me the willies. I know it could be dueling divorcing parents, not necessarily a kidnapping, but I always think the worst.
When I was younger and my parents came up to the sierras I’d hang out in the casino arcades for a few hours at a time. Alone. While they were somewhere among thousands of slot machines. In the age of no cellphones.
I wouldn’t think of that today.
I know that my behavior to “protect” my kids isn’t foolproof.
Will the kids need therapy later on in life? Maybe. Maybe they’ll just blog like me to get their issues out. Are you an over-protective parent?