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Old 01-16-2015, 11:47 AM   #1
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It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:55 AM   #2
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It seems my parents would have been locked up for a while if they were raising me in todays society as I roamed the streets my whole childhood without them.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:58 AM   #3
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It seems my parents would have been locked up for a while if they were raising me in todays society as I roamed the streets my whole childhood without them.
+1. i spent my youth in a different country but it saddens me seeing things like this.
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:00 PM   #4
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:05 PM   #5
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I don't know how I feel that at 27, I can even say "back in my day" in regard to this situation
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My 5 year old twin brother and I walked by ourselves in 80s NYC while aunt was asleep.
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Disappointing. I'm glad my kids are old enough now that this isn't an issue.
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+1. i spent my youth in a different country but it saddens me seeing things like this.
It's starting to FEEL like I spent my youth in a different country.....
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:43 PM   #9
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My friends and I used to hop the train and go to Manhattan to walk around when we were 10
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don't these parents know that these days you are supposed to lock the kids in the house and let the tv babysit them 24/7?!! what the fvck were they thinking letting them outside like that? take the kids away and lock these parents up for a few months. savages!
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My friends and I used to hop the train and go to Manhattan to walk around when we were 10
The first time I did that was one of my most memorable experiences of my life. Yankee parade in NYC after they won in 2000. We were so scared we would get caught running into someone we knew that we dipped QUICK. Then when I was into skate boarding we would go anytime we had money to just to find a sick spot. (normally union square area)
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Absolutely pathetic that there even has to be a phrase like "free range kid".

I don't have kids but I imagine CPS to be one of the most infuriating government agencies. Can't imagine some idiot government worker telling me how to raise my own kid.
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That's ridiculous! When I was in grade school I don't even think the bus would pick you up if you lived within a mile or two of the school. From 4th to 8th grade I walked home from school, as did everyone else that lived close.

I'm glad I don't have or will have kids. Society is unbelievable these days. I'm 30 and feel like my childhood was in the stone age compared to now. As soon as I could pedal a bike I was out and about. No cell phones or anything. What surprises me is how the adults and parents that are my age and older that probably did the same thing in OP. My brother has two friends that are teachers and say that they are amazed how parents treat their kids now. Back in the day bad grades were your fault, now it's the schools, teachers, learning disabilities.
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Realistically, though, we can't allow this kind of stuff to happen. Next thing you know these kids will become independent individuals capable of caring for themselves and making their own sound judgements. Not on my watch. I want children to remain dependent, spoiled fktards completely lost without the loving tutelage of their helicopter parents. Hopefully the government can step in.
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Kids walk home and everything is fine? Govt meddling and should allow parents to parent however they wish.

Kids walk home and get abducted along the way? Parents should be shot for allowing it to happen.
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At 10 I would ride my bike all over town. I tell people this at work and their heads explode. Kids don't leave the yard and that's if they go outside.

I love it, no competition when I'm older. Oh you can't head out to the dinner with the rest of the team because you only eat chicken nuggets? Fantastic... Keep that up.
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