Our Facebook followers and momlogic community members had a LOT to say about May 22nd -- a.k.a. "Take Our Children to the Park ... and Leave Them There Day."
Cindy Munier Head: "The concept would be nice if this was not the real world. But in the real world, there are a lot of weirdos out there at all ages. Now, to drop them off for an hour or half the day at a supervised community function, so that they could make friends? Yes."
Vanessa Inga: "Walk away? Walk to the bench and watch him play!"
Hina Rapa Lattanze: "LOL .... If someone took my kids, they would come running back to me to give em' back...."
Shelly Stoppa Inglish: "How great of an idea is it really to publicize that your children will be unsupervised on a specific day, so that predators will know exactly which day is the best day to come hunting?"
Amy Stratman: "People do it all the time where I live, and it freaks me out. If something happened and I'm the only parent there, my goodness, they will blame me!"
Community member Jenny: "Sounds like a new 'To Catch a Predator' tagline. No, my kids most certainly WILL NOT be participating. This woman is off her rocker -- and looking back, so were my parents for the things they allowed me to do as a child."
Community member Robin: "My son (5) won't even stay put in the backyard. If I left him at the park, he would be GONE. Speaking on free-range parenting, maybe that's what the parents of the five 8-year-old girls that I saw mooning cars on the side of a somewhat-busy (yet secluded from the view of the houses) road were going for. Nothing like advertising, 'Hey, no one is watching me -- come drag me into your car!' Not even the tiniest pang of guilt for calling the cops =)."
Elizabeth Flora Ross: "Are you kidding me? Of course not! That would be insane!"
Community member Pamala: "I'd do it if my child wasn't 3 years old. Frankly, parents are too paranoid. Molesters don't need a 'drop your kid off at the park day' to find a kid to molest. Crime in general is at an all-time low, and it's not because we're freaks and watch everything."