PART 2 of Parents Fight to Let Their 8-Year-Old Walk One Block by Herself: The Waiver! 01/09/2019 You may recall yesterday's post (come on -- it was just yesterday!) about parents frustrated at how hard a local therapy office was making it for their daughter, age 8, to walk a block home by herself. How hard? This hard: WALKING HOME CONSENT, RELEASE OF LIABILITY, WAIVER OF CLAIMS, ASSUMPTION OF RISKS AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT RELEASE and WAIVER OF CLAIMS I, individually and/or on behalf of my minor child(ren), hereby release and hold ***** and their officers, trustees, employees, directors, volunteers, and/or others acting on their behalf harmless from negligence and any and all claims that I or my child may have arising from walking home from ***** Chicago, IL ASSUMPTION OF RISK I, individually and/or on behalf of any minor child(ren), expressly and specifically assume any and all risk of injury, illness, death, or property damage resulting from allowing my child to walk home from ***** Chicago, IL YOU ASSUME THE RISKS I, individually and on behalf of my minor child(ren), understand that walking home unsupervised may be dangerous. Once you sign, you are saying that you understand the risks involved and accept all of the risks. INDEMNIFICATION I, individually and on behalf of my minor child(ren) shall hereby defend and indemnify ***** and their officers, trustees, employees, directors, volunteers, and/or others acting on their behalf from any and all claims arising from allowing my child to walk home from ***** Chicago, IL DURATION This release will remain in effect until I notify ***** in writing if I choose to revoke this authorization. _____________________________________ ______________________________ Child’s Name Child’s Date of Birth ____________________________________________________________________ Child’s Address _________________________ Child’s Phone Number BOTH PARENTS MUST SIGN Parent or Guardians Printed Name Parent or Guardian’s Signature Date Parent or Guardian’s Daytime Number Parent or Guardians Printed Name Parent or Guardian’s Signature Date Second Phone Number If anyone doubted the chilling effect a litigious culture combined with worst-first thinking was having on childhood independence (and, frankly, we know that maybe not a whole lot of people were doubting -- or even thinking of -- this exact thing, but at Let Grow we do all day long), doubt no more. The fear of kids being hurt is compounded by the fear of a lawsuit. Both fears are wildly exaggerated, and yet they both reverberate throughout a child's day. Yesterday I heard from a mom whose child gets dropped off by the school bus at the base of their driveway and she had to fight the school system which had insisted she meet the child there and escort him up the driveway and into the front door. We have left the world of reality by the time a rule like that -- or not letting an 8-year-old walk a single block without her parents signing a waiver -- seems sensible. - L Photo courtesy of howtostartablogonline.net/legal.