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A strange new world… raising children

April 17, 2015

IMG_0702I was late and knew the other ‘guys’ would be mad, but mom had me help her wash the dinner dishes and the result was the game probably would be started by the time I got there. We played our games at a playground that was almost a mile from my home, I usually walked there but today I rode my bike in hopes of making it there before that first pitch. As I crossed the last street, across from the playground, I could just make out the guys taking there places on the field and knew I wouldn’t have to endure two hours of ragging about having to do the dishes.

I heard the term, ‘free range kids’, on the radio yesterday, and it made me stop and pay attention to the news item that followed. It appears that some parents, ( Danielle and Alexander Meitiv ), were suing the Child Protective Services and Montgomery County police in the state of Maryland. The suit was filed because their two children were detained in a police car for almost three hours, later kept from their parents for over six hours without access to food, and “not returned to the parents until almost midnight on the night before school.”

The Meitivs’ children were picked up by police as they walked home from Ellsworth Park at 5 p.m. Sunday. Their parents had expected them home by 6 p.m. and Danielle Meitiv said they frantically searched for Rafi, 10, and Dvora, 6, before being notified at 8 p.m. that CPS had the children. All this was initiated by a 911 call by a man walking a dog who saw the children walking by themselves.
I can attest to the fact that not only myself but those in my grade and high school were ingrained, by our parents and teachers, with the responsibility of taking care of ourselves. We were allowed and even encouraged to broaden our horizons with respect to our friends, our travels and our activities. Of course back then our parents did not have to even think about going to jail for allowing us to try new things on our own.
I guess it is no surprise that we are now living in a country where the government is telling us how to raise our children, when you consider that it is that same government that took the parents responsibility for teaching their children about sex and is now requiring sex education in middle school. It is of course that same government that has told our children that if we use corporal punishment that the child should now call 911.

Some people can not understand why the youth of today have become so disrespectful
of their parents, teachers and authority in general,
could it not be because we have taken away their sense of responsibility and respect?
‘Free range parenting’
in my day it was called common sense!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jon permalink
    April 17, 2015 7:12 pm

    Here in Mn. there is something called Preparation for School now. Isn’t that up to the parents? Or do the schools have complete control over the kids now. Glad I don’t have school age kids with this nonsense.
    Al Gore was once quoted as telling some of the nodding in agreement sheep, “Don’t listen to your parents.”
    The end of America is almost here.


  2. April 18, 2015 7:28 am

    Just more examples of the ‘Nanny State’ in action…


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