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I hate helicopter parents
RE: This Isn't Kenya: Maryland Parents Investigated by CPS for Letting 10 and 6 Year Olds Walk Home One Mile from School
I don't spend time around 6-10 year olds so maybe they're much dumber than they were 20 years ago, but I somewhat doubt it. I walked around 1200m each way to and from school from grades 1-3, by myself or with one other friend the same age as me. In grades 4-6 I walked my little sister, who was 3 years younger than me, along busy roads from the YMCA to school (around 1 km each way). My mother would simply drop us off at the YMCA before work and pick us up there after. My sister stayed at the day care and I would either play basketball or some other sport in the gym or read in the lounge. We never had any issues and I wouldn't trade the opportunity to play sports at the 'Y' before and after school for anything.
The only reason that I can think of for why kids these days might not be capable of doing these things is because their parents are way too involved in their lives and don't allow them to have any independence. Sad.
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