In addition to possibly being Judgment Day, May 21 is the 2nd annual Take Your Kids to The Park And Leave Them There Day.
Started last year by Lenore Skenazy, the “Free-Range Parenting” mom, the purpose of the day is, “getting our kids outside to meet each other and figure out how to have some fun. The idea is for us to take our kids to the park and, if they are about 7 or 8 or older, leave them there for a little while, with each other,” Skenazy explains on her website.
I spoke to Skenazy last year about raising “Free-range” kids. I’ll admit, she had some very good points, statistics about crime rates, rational ideas, but still, I don’t feel that a kid as young as she suggests should be left alone at a park. I’d be the perfect parent for her upcoming television show. She’s about to start filming a reality TV show where she visits the homes of overprotective parents who want a little help loosening the reins. If you’re interested in being one of the families, contact her here.
My oldest daughter is 7-years-old now, 7 1/2 actually, but as much as I liked to be more open and less fearful, there is no way I’m dropping her off at a park. Heck, I just let her have her first drop-off at a birthday party and I was a nervous wreck.
How about you? Will you be participating?