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Trapping Children Indoors
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drewkitty From: drewkitty Date: August 2nd, 2012 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 2nd, 2012 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)


As I said before, this is great way to raise fuckwitted adults.

The Amish turn out fully responsible human beings around age 12-13. They do this by watching the children's skill and responsibility levels, and giving them new things to do as soon as they master the old ones. It works.

If I remember right, I was about 7 the first time I was left home alone, for about half an hour. It was pretty common when I was, hmm, maybe 8 or 9, and my parents bought me a hotdog cooker (which make a terrific little lightning show under its plastic hood) so I could feed myself. That was the age at which I was responsible enough not to wreck the house, open the door for strangers, etc. and knew what constituted enough of an emergency to call for adult assistance. On some occasions I still had a babysitter later, but mostly it wasn't necessary. And why were we doing this? So we didn't fucking starve because people figured teachers didn't need to make enough to support a family, and my parents had to take what work they could get. I was responsible enough for it, we were all okay with it, but having other options would've been nice.

This I assume is pretty much the usual explanation for kids being home alone: society refuses to pay enough to support a family, refuses to provide child care for working parents, and has pretty much demolished the extended family that used to provide free child care. Oh, and can't seem to raise adults who routinely consider children to be nonsexual beings. There is just not enough W in TF for all the FAIL.
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