Isobel - posted on 10/02/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )
I happen to be a big believer that the world is safer than the media portrays...I think that so many of us have been led to become "helicopter parents" hovering over our children at every moment of every day. I have posted an article about a book written by a woman in NYC who gave her child (I think he was 11, I can't remember) bus fare and a map and trained him on how to navigate his city public transportation system, then let him make his own way home....she was then called "The worst mother in America"
I can't wait till my kids are old enough to do this, I encourage independence and hope they can develop a sense of self-mastery and confidence through learning that I trust them.
I live on a dead end street, my children are 6 and 8, I already allow them to go outside and play with their friends (there are about 8 of them)...Am I the worst mother in Canada?