So you're raising your kids in Iowa, or Delaware, or...Nevada. Do you want to worry you could be arrested for letting them walk to the park, or come home with a latchkey?
Didn't think so. And yet, so far it is only Utah that is assuring its citizens that it will not arrest them for the "crime" of letting their kids out of their sight.
Now the Las Vegas Review Journal's editorial board is asking the state of Nevada to follow Utah's lead:
Nevada lawmakers don’t reconvene until next February, but let’s hope they were watching last week when Utah approved a measure that weakens the ever-encroaching Nanny State and allows parents to let kids be kids.
It may be hard for many millennials to fathom, but there was a time when children freely roamed their neighborhoods, waited at the bus stop unattended, came home from school to an empty house or even sat in the car while mom ran errands. Today, parents can be arrested for such “neglect.” No kidding.
But not anymore in the Beehive State. The Utah bill “explicitly recognizes “the right of parents to raise their kids without the threat of government intervention,” explains Lenore Skenazy at reason.com. “Imagine that: It will no longer be considered negligent to let your kid walk to school, play outside, come home with a latchkey or even, under certain circumstances, wait briefly in the car.”
Ms. Skenazy is the founder of the so-called “free-range” parenting movement. She gained attention 10 years ago when she wrote a column for the New York Daily News revealing that she let her 9-year-old son ride the subway by himself. She argued such freedom helped kids develop confidence and taught them to think and fend for themselves.
The reaction was derision and shock along with a smattering of applause.
Since then, Ms. Skenazy has become a high-profile advocate for decriminalizing parental behavior that was considered perfectly normal just a generation ago...
Yup. I have. And now it is time to decriminalize parents across America who only want to give their kids the things they treasured most when they were young. The things most lawmakers probably treasured most, too.
Fun. Joy. Frustration. Exultation.
Independence. - L