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My brother and I grew up primarily in the 70s. We used to go off on our own for hours, even a full day, at a time. Our parents might have a general idea of where we were and what we were doing but certainly nothing concrete. We played with knives, fire, animals and just about anything we could get our hands on. If you got hurt, you sucked it up because telling your parents meant risking your freedom to do it again. Those were good times.
Razorback, you and I grew up in the same neighborhood :)
Hell, I did that in the 90's. We had a curfew, and we were just back by that time every day, otherwise we'd find ourselves grabbing the handle of the stove door as my mother spanked us with a wooden spoon. As a parent myself, I blame the pussification of adults for most of the problems in the world today.
Well, late 80's, early 90's anyways.
I grew up in the 80s, and I was lucky enough to enjoy being what is now called a "free-range" kid. It is probably getting harder and harder to do this now, but I doubt it is all or nothing.
My Wife and I are fortunate to live on a farm of over 450 acres of woods, streams, and pasture. I believe that my daughter is getting something that very few children get nowadays. Even so, when we do go out exploring I am always there with her. At some point I want to be able to say, "Go...Just be back before dinnertime." Ben this is a great Mint. I haven't been so moved by an article in awhile.
I feel you. It really is hard to just let your kids be free, even when you have fond memories of doing it yourself. I'm glad you liked it.
Yes, this IS a good reminder that I needed to read. Thank you.
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