"America's Worst Mom" takes Wally for a walk
|What if she's going to tie him with weights and throw him out into the middle of the lake? Are there sharks? Is that quicksand? Has the water been sanitized?|
Here's Wally last weekend with "Free-Range generalissimo" and "America's Worst Mom" Lenore Skenazy. We were by this little lake and she was explaining that if Wally were to jump on the lily pads they probably wouldn't hold him up. Plus he might hurt the lily pads.
Lenore has a show on TLC showing pretty much everywhere but here in the U.S. where it's most desperately needed. How could the media show it? They want us to be terrified of all the hidden dangers that lurk around every corner (even though it's safer now than it was in the 70s, and safer for kids by far than in most areas of the world). Forget refusing to let your kids walk around the neighborhood by themselves at 6 or stay home alone at 10 like you did. You have to start overprotecting them way before that. Judging from Babies r' Us, just learning how to walk, for example, must be one of the most extreme sports known to man. As Lenore said in an interview with Salon: "Kids have been toddling — it’s a whole stage we actually call toddlerhood — ever since we started walking upright, which has been a pretty successful experiment for the human species. But now you’re supposed to think that it’s too dangerous for a kid to do without extra protection and without extra supervision and without this stupid thing you can buy."