Forget about it! Especially if you live in New South Wales. Apparently, NSW police will now report parents to Community Services if children are found wandering by themselves and if the police think they are at risk. They warned a mother who let her 10 year old catch the bus to and from piano lessons alone. Even though the mum was at the bus stop to meet her daughter. Another dad got cautioned as well for allowing his 7 year old son walk 400 metres to the local corner store.
Is this for real?
I couldn’t believe what I was reading.
It doesn’t make sense. What is wrong with a 10 year old catching the bus to piano lessons or to school? They are going to have to learn to do it on their own some day and as a parent, one would want them to learn that slowly. So why wouldn’t you send your kid to piano lessons on their own and wait for them at the end? Why can’t a 7 year old walk to the corner store? Especially if they are developmentally capable?
How much more are we going to wrap up the kids in cotton wool? Need to wear helmets while riding a bike. Can’t go out in the sun too long. Can’t walk too far or the poor bub’s feet will hurt. Can’t write too long or their fingers will hurt. Don’t skate because you will hurt yourself. Social sport can’t be too rough. Everyone needs to be thought of as a winner. Where does it end??
I pity the next generation. And I fear for when they become adults. How will they survive in the world if they are not taught the basic skills? If they don’t learn how to be independent or learn that it is okay to lose things or to get hurt physically or emotionally…how in the world will they survive? Parents are not going to be around forever. Are the police or the do-gooders or other authorities telling parents what not to do going to teach them these skills?
The world is going crazy I tell you.
And if and when I do have kids, you bet your arse they will be learning to go to the corner store on their own by 7 or 8 if they are developmentally capable! Screw the bloody cotton wool and all the supposed know-it-alls!
Until next time,