Sunday, April 06, 2014
While reading "The Over-Protected Kid" in the April "Atlantic" magazine I realized that this may have been the one part of parenting that I got right, although I may have gone a bit overboard in allowing my children freedom. I used to plop my one year old in an umbrella stroller and send his 6 year old sister off around the neighborhood to take him for a walk. She wasn't yet allowed to cross the street by herself so the walk was accomplished by staying on the same sidewalk going in and out of all of the dead end courts in the neighborhood and then retracing her steps to get home. The handles on the stroller were about at her shoulder height and she would barely be able to see over the back of the stroller. They'd be gone a half-hour or so and I loved the chance to have them out of the house for a bit. If I did that now I'd probably be arrested for child abuse.