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Can These Parents Be Saved: The Growing Backlash Against Over-Parenting - TIME
"too many parents, says Skenazy, have the math all wrong. Refusing to vaccinate children, as millions now threaten to do in case of the swine flu, is statistically reckless; on other hand, there are no reports of a child ever being poisoned by a stranger handing out tainted Halloween candy & odds of being kidnapped & killed by a stranger are about 1 in 1.5 million. When parents confront you with "How can you let him go to the store alone?," she suggests countering with "How can you let him visit your relatives?" (Some 80% of kids who are molested are victims of friends/relatives.) Or ride in the car with you? (> 430,000 kids were injured in motor vehicles last year.) "I'm not saying that there is no danger in the world or that we shouldn't be prepared. But there is good & bad luck & fate & things beyond our ability to change. The way kids learn to be resourceful is by having to use their resources." Besides..."a 100%-safe world is not only impossible. It's nowhere you'd want to be."
lenoreskenazy  freerangeparents  fear  parenting  learning  life  slow  simplicity  statistics  unschooling  deschooling  helicopterparents  vaccinations  accidents  overparenting  lcproject  tcsnmy  helicopterparenting 
november 2009 by robertogreco

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