How many times have your heard or said, “I wish that I could put my child in a bubble?” We want to protect them from any harm. From bullying to kidnapping, the world is a scary place.
We are bombarded with images of negativity and crime in the news and on social media. But, the reality is that violent crime has fallen 51 percent since 1991, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.
One mother, blogger, columnist and author is working to change parents’ perception of this dangerous world. Lenore Skenazy is the founder of the Free-Range Kids movement and author of Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry.
The goal of the movement is to fight the belief that children are in constant danger of getting kidnapped, hurt or sick. Lenore, a mother of two boys, is trying to roll back the excess of the helicopter parent era.
She encourages parents to allow their children to do things on their own, like going to the park or riding their bikes. The idea is to get children walking around, playing outside, or biking to the library.
Today, only 13 percent of U.S. children walk to school. One study found that only 6 percent of kids age 9-13 play outside in a given week. Lenore says they she feels children have the right to have unsupervised time, and parents have a right to give it to them without being arrested. Below are some findings on Lenore’s website.
- Violent crime is at a 50-year low.
- The risk of child abduction by strangers is very low.
- Car accidents are the leading cause of death among children.
- Lack of exercise is a contributing factor to short term and long-term health risks for children.
- It is in the public interest for children to walk and cycle to their day-to-day destinations, and to play outside unsupervised.
Lenore has faced criticism, but handles it with class. She continues to educate the public about the importance of arming our children with life skills and teaching them how to survive and be successful. Whether you agree with her or not, she is standing up for what she believes in. She has taken her passion into the Free-range kids movement, into the book and schools, and into schools.
I applaud any woman who fights for what she believes in and is working to make a difference.Make sure to follow her on Twitter and let me know what you think!