have been made to thinkI’m irresponsible forallowing my children, ages7 to 14, to walk to school,ride their bikes to tennislessons, and stay homealone for short periods(Is It Just Me? “Let’s StopScaring Our Kids”). Whenwill society give its permis-sion for my children todo things that make themcapable, conﬁdent individ-uals not afraid of theirown shadows?
My two boys, ages 11 and13, are constantly askingme for more freedom and inde-pendence, but I don’t think a parentcan be too careful today. No motherhas ever regretted keeping herchildren as safe as possible, butthere are mothers who regret notkeeping them safe enough.
avid Hochman’s article, “MyFamily’s No-Buy Experiment,”was especially timely given the stateof the economy. Cutting unneces-sary spending is a smart way to save,and he also learned the value of service to others. That is exactly theway we need to think in order to livebetter, happier lives.
inally, frugality is fashionable(“Get a Great Deal on Any-thing”). No longer do my friendslaugh at my great garage-sale andthrift-store ﬁnds. Now they join mein the hunt to reuse, recycle, andsave money. With Americans tight-
Hoorah for Lenore Skenazy’s
courage.She recognized her son was mature enoughto ride the subway alone. Our children need tobe nourished in mind and body, but they don’tneed to be coddled so much that we smotherthem.
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