Letting Kids be Kids. Are We Too Protective of Our Children?
Are we too protective of our children? Do you monitor your children every second they are outside or are you comfortable to let them out of your sight?
Quoting another mom in another group:
In 2006 (US census bureau): US population: children: 42,667,761; female 40,328,895: for a total of 82,996,656 people under the age of 19.
In 2002 (provided by National Center for Missing and Exploited Children): 797,500 people under 18 were reported missing. Of those cases, 203,900 were family abductions, 58,200 were nonfamily abductions, and only 115 were "stereotypical kidnappings"
Assuming no population change between 2002 and 2006, and the help of some basic math:
% of children reported missing: 0.96%
% of children involved in a family abduction: 0.25%
% of children involved in non-family abductions: 0.07%
% of children involved in a stereotypical kidnapping: 0.0000014%
The odds of a child being randomly kidnapped by a total stranger is so miniscule, isn't it okay to loosen the reins a little a let a child play and explore within a pre-determined boundary out from under Mommy's watchful eyes? Or is any risk, no matter how miniscule, too much for you to let your kid(s) roam your neighborhood as a free agent?
"There is nothing wrong in America that can't be fixed with what is right in America." -- Bill Clinton