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  •  Yes, people(meaning parents) are insane these days (7+ / 0-)

    Friend of mine just had her 16-year-old niece for a visit.  She let her walk home alone from the store, about a mile, maybe two.  The girl's mother was livid that her aunt let her walk by herself.  Our town is often rated as one of the safest in the country.

    I don't know what's been trickling down, but it hasn't been pleasant---N. Pelosi

    by Russycle on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 04:22:21 PM PDT

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    •  MY sister teaches high school and often rolls her (7+ / 0-)

      eyes as parents of 16 to 17 yr old kids, even 18 yr old seniors who will not let their kids out of their sight, do nt allow them to date, keep watch over them constantly and are super vigilant. Then the kids go off to college and love the sudden freedom and do not want to ever return home.  She has seen it a lot.

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      by wishingwell on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 05:00:11 PM PDT

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      •  yes, and unfortunately, the lack of experience (5+ / 0-)
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        with that freedom has, at times, led to excesses that have hurt people and left people in very bad circumstances.

        Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

        by StrayCat on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 05:31:52 PM PDT

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        •  What you just said are the scary thoughts (3+ / 0-)
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          that keep me from donning the jet pack.  I certainly can cop to being more hands on with my son than my parents were with me, but I have work diligently to help my son learn from new levels of independence as he shows readiness.  And, everytime I start to pull on the "cord", I think about him not being prepared when he REALLY IS on his own, and that is a much bigger freakout than the freedoms I give him now, after all, that is the biggest job of being a parent, getting them to be able to "fly" on their own.

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