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Free Range Kids
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Submitted by mydogsarelazy on September 16, 2006 - 12:39pm
Here is something I have been noticing...
We went to an activity at my seven year old's school last night. There was an outdoor showing of "Nanny McPhee" attended by maybe 100 kids and their families.
I have never seen such snacking in my life. The PTA was selling popcorn, fancy coffee for parents, cookies and brownies. The families surrounding us brought tons of candy, soda, chips and all that. People would just walk up to my daughter and hand her candy every few minutes, then I would take it away. Every single kid in the place was munching on something for the whole hour and a half.
So when it was all over, I asked my wife, "Why are parents going so easy on all the junk?"
Her answer is that parents are so tired -- working their two jobs and all -- that they don't have the energy to set limits for their kids. What they do instead is just give them all the video games, television, and candy they can so that they can avoid really interacting with their kids, which takes energy they don't have.
So, thats a grim picture, but do you agree? Do we really have a generation of free range kids on the way, totally oversnacked and videoed, and under-boundaried and parented?
The strains people have put themselves under to take on debt and real estate seem to me to be showing up in these things.
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