Scintilla wrote:Parental-paranoia driven by stranger-danger and litigation fears. All of it a load of bollocks!
It is the black and white, no other option other than mine attitude that makes posts like these worthless. Sure, it's a one in a hundred/thousand/million chance that something bad will happen. But it can. Not recognising that is as bad as over doing the protection.
independence is one of the best things you can equipe your kids for the future.
Have to agree, with a caveat. My boys were much the same, either walking (primary) or riding (secondary until it wasn't cool ) to school. We packed the oldest off to Japan for a few months when he was 14 on student exchange. The youngest would wander off for hours with his mate and their dogs. But I always checked things for myself before letting them. Having a known peadophile for a principal in secondary school (me), living not far from 70 + 80 kmh roads, various other things had me looking first, rather than asking questions later. Different strokes for different folks. They weren't as adventerous as I was in their teens (I'd ride regularly out to Kinglake West and camp overnight at 15) but were much more "world" experienced than me in their 20's.