Skenazy has therefore declared today, May 22, Take Your Kids to the Park and Leave Them There Day. The idea is that parents should take their children to a public park, tell them how to get back home, and then leave them there at the park to do so:
And once again, let me reiterate that this is not a day to leave our 2-year-olds in the park. It is meant for kids age 7 or 8 and up. And it needn’t be more than an hour or even a half hour. And you can just take a walk around the block, if that’s all you or your child are ready for. And you can give them cell phones! I just want to get kids out of the house so they can frolick and maybe even plan to do this strange thing where they ask a friend to “come out and play” again. And it’s a great time for parents to meet each other, too! The way to really make any community safe requires reviving just that — community! Connect with your neighbors and everyone watches out for everyone else.
What do you think of the free-range kids movement?
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