The only thing is, Hartkitt, I can't exactly tell because of your tongue-in-cheek style which side of the fence you're coming down on. In any case, I appreciate your posts!
Here's Hartkitt on PL's post "PUT THOSE KIDS TO BED!":
Laugh or cry? I don't know.
I gather you forgot that a proper parent makes damn sure that their children:
-are engaged in going to, being in, and coming from school from 7:30am to 3:30pm
-participate in at least one team sport after school and on weekends
-participates in a creative activity after school such as playing a musical instrument and practices diligently between lessons
-completes all 4 hours of homework assigned
-completes the allotted time assigned by the school for beneficial reading
-participates in a healthful, supervised and appropriate social life
-volunteers in church and community
- etc etc
What's with this "sleep" you speak of?
Here's Hartkitt on PL's "MANIFESTO OF THE IDLE PARENT:"
Reading this post sent me off on one of those hours-long internet research trails so thanks for that! :)
Anyway, at it's heart the Scylla and Charybdis of the parenting world are "Stranger Danger" and "helping our kids get ahead in an increasingly competitive world." To address either properly requires 24/365 attention and labor from both kids and parents.
I've heard a number of people say that they would LIKE to let their kids hang out, play outside, be normal kids and not have to be Hyper Supervision Parent all the time but it's too dangerous. So, one might ask, is it REALLY too dangerous?
For some nice, grim statistics that address what really threatens our children: http://www.childdeathreview.org/spotlightNY.htm
The study on this page details what kids in NYC are actually dying from.
the blog of “America’s Worst Mom,”: http://freerangekids.wordpress.com/
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/attacks/relarisk.htm (always one of my favorites for putting irrational fears in perspective. Most deadly animal in the US?: Deer!)
Have fun and don't take candy from strangers.