Mommy Police with Real Handcuffs

Social Fabric by from Bloomberg, July 16, 2014

Horribly safety-obsessed parenting notions are now being mandated by law in some communities, turning what should be vibrant and adventurous American children into dependent, coddled wimps.

A week ago, a woman was charged with leaving her child in the car while she went into a store. Her 11-year-old child. This week, a woman was arrested for allowing her 9-year-old daughter to go to the park alone. Which raises just one question: America, what the heck is wrong with you?

I’m not interested in defending mothers who are under stress or are low-wage workers without a lot of great child-care options. I mean, fine, but these defenses should be unnecessary because what the heck are we doing arresting parents for things that were perfectly normal 30 years ago?

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