Friday, October 29, 2010

Lenore Skenazy of "Free Range" Kids

Lenore Skenazy and her son. The more I read about this lady & her free range ideas involving children, The more I want to throw up! Read more here:

Why FreeRange?

Lenore likes to "minimize" her viewpoint, in that only a few kids are harmed out of millions:

" Any kid killed is a horrible tragedy. It makes my stomach plunge to even think about it. But when the numbers are about 50 kids in a country of 300 million, it’s also a very random, rare event."

I have to wonder where she gets her "stats" on only 50 kids being harmed? Lenore believes that society has placed severe limitations on today's children & they need or deserve "more freedom" to be independent. Is this really a valid theory or rather the rantings of a extreme radical?

Today's world is much different than say 100 years ago. The dangers today are far far greater for children to be hurt, maimed, killed or abducted.

Is it wise to let a 9 yr old boy take the subway by himself? Of course not and luckily, the kid was not harmed-this time. Lenore has no problem exposing her son before the media & yet some unknown pedophile somewhere is salivating wishing he had taken the subway that day!

I see disturbing stuff while reading through Lenore's blog. It makes my skin crawl. I wish I could slap some sense into her delusional thinking! Here are a few examples:

Ghosts, Goblins & Predators

Hi Readers! I read this piece and it blew me away. It’s by David Hess, a minister outside of Rochester, New York. Kudos to him — and a thanks, too, for letting me reprint the whole thing!

She doesn't bother to let her readers know that Mr Hess is a "registered sex offender", guilty of a crime against a young child! Does she really care?

How Do You Tell A Total Helicopter to Back Off?

"My 9-year-old son is good friends with a boy in our neighborhood, who lives only a couple of blocks away in our quiet suburban town. The mom and I are friendly, but not friends. Today the kids played at her house after school. And today was the second time she flat-out refused to allow my son to walk home from her house by himself. Even after I told her that’s what I wanted him to do — and in spite of the fact that that’s what he enjoys doing. So she had another woman who was visiting her drive him home! TWO BLOCKS. I am flabbergasted and what I really want to say is, ”How dare you completely disregard MY wishes for MY child?” But alienating her would not be a good thing!"

This was sent to Lenore from one of her wacky supporters! Kind of stupid to bash another parent who only has her son's best interests in mind.

Reading & Writing & Finger Prints to Identify Your Dead Body, Kids

Hi Readers! Here’s a note from Amy Uzinger, a mom in Tucson.

Dear Free-Range Kids: Today I got my 1st grade son’s school pictures in. Along with the pictures, is a ‘Operation Child I.D.’ form. It has my child’s picture and there is a spot on the form to take to the police station to have your child’s fingerprints taken. Then you are supposed to keep this form handy, just in case your child is kidnapped.
It disturbs me that thousands of parents will receive this form and it reinforces the belief that children are in constant danger of being abducted by a stranger."

Another wacky Mom here! Amy fails to realize that children do get abducted, raped, murdered but the ID kit helps the police catch the bad guy. Enough said.

A Boy, A Dad, A Tragedy and A Big Question

"Readers — I just read this story and am sick to my heart. A dad brought his 5 year old son to the park then crossed the street to talk to some friends. The boy ran after him. He got struck by a car and died. Now the father is in jail and the charge has just been upgraded from “felony cruelty to children, reckless conduct and simple battery” to involuntary manslaughter." "Now, certainly, it makes sense to keep watch over a young child at the park. But if we slip up for a minute, if we do something human and not intended to hurt anyone, especially our beloved child, should that count as “cruelty”?"

Lenore is minimizing again. The father was negligent in not watching over his 5 yr old son. He was wrong, the mistake was not a simple one. A kid was killed due to neglect. A crime was committed here.

Lenore Skenazy needs watching closely. I hope the authorities are watching her. She is endangering her own son & encouraging here wacky followers to do the same. Do children need independence, sure but not the endangering kind she advocates daily.

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