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Moms Sound Off About 'Leave Your Kids at the Park Day'

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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."

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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."

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Anon May 21, 2010, 11:13 AM


Secret Mommy May 21, 2010, 3:01 PM

I agree with anon. Good gravy. People are so completely paranoid! I love the person who says that her own parents were crazy for the things they let her do. Like being a kid?

Crime is indeed at an all-time low. But media is at an all-time high and parents seem CONVINCED that if they let their children out of their sight for one minute they’ll be snatched up and murdered.

Children need independence and autonomy. At what age a parent decides to offer that is up to them. But for God’s sake please at least start stepping back a LITTLE!

Marilyn Oliver May 21, 2010, 6:02 PM

Please don’t let me see your child alone anywhere if they are under 13. if I do you will be collecting them from the police or DSS.

Ed May 21, 2010, 11:20 PM

Good idea! Now you go first.

Sensible May 26, 2010, 1:08 PM

That is the craziest thing. What is so important that you can’t spend the time with your children? Even if they were in school, it would not be advisable to leave children unsupervised. If something were to happen, it is something that you have to live with for the rest of your life. The times goes by so quickly and I don’t want to miss any of it.

Jennifer, Mom to a smart, handsome 8yo. May 31, 2010, 12:09 AM

Ahh, I am tossed up here…I can’t speak definitively on the book since I have not read it, but I get the idea and it does make sense. Leave him at the park? Maybe not yet, but give him “free range” of our neighborhood with a walkie talkie line to me (we live in a nice, safe neighborhood I will add), Yes.

SmartBrains June 30, 2010, 12:04 AM

It is a great idea to Take Our Children to the Park… and Leave Them There Day” a Good Idea…Even if they were in school, it would not be advisable to leave children unsupervised.
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Renata Bowers July 28, 2010, 7:29 AM

What’s so wrong with staying at the park while they play? From a distance, perhaps, so that frolicking happens as only kids can make it happen, and mommy isn’t directing structured activities? I like that option a lot better than driving off and leaving them there.

This sounds like a social experiment with a very high potential cost, and I’m not much of a gambler.

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