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Trapping Children Indoors
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judifilksign From: judifilksign Date: August 3rd, 2012 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)
In the seventies, I walked a mile to school from kindergarten to third grade, bus for 4/5, walked a short distance to middle school, and bused far for high school.

I walked to the pool, the park, and biked to the library. I spent a good deal of time outdoors (with a book) so I wouldn't stagnate indoors.

My kids get booted outdoors in our small community, which is away from a lot. They were excited to be sent to the playground down the block from grandma's by themselves. I hadn't realized how curtailed they were compared to me until how proud they were to be let out on their own, practically within shouting distance.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 3rd, 2012 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)


Those are good points.

I suddenly wonder if this, along with the horrid economy and high pressure for longer education, is contributing to offspring staying at home as adults rather than moving out.
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