"I didn't think it was a big deal," says Kim Blalock. "My son is perfectly fine."
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"You had the most right-wing members of the legislature signed on with most left-wing members."
"I do not hold any bitterness toward anybody."
The Reasonable Childhood Independence bills restore basic freedoms to kids and their families.
Evaluating risk is hard in an era of parenting panic.
Spoiler: She was fine.
No freedom for kids until they're 11.
Paging Encyclopedia Brown: Someone has stolen childhood.
What could go wrong?
"I'm getting it out there to make people aware," said JaNay Dodson in an interview.
"Once you have the Scarlet Letter, it doesn't go away until you're gone."
Living under constant adult supervision should not be a government mandate.
Experts speak of "society's growing intolerance for the sounds of children at play."
"Was this something heinous or was it something of a lesser nature, was it completely harmless?"
"My mom used to have to do the same thing when we were young."
"They were just doing their jobs."
"She was charged with violating the Reopening Ontario Act."
The mom got the kid back, but not the car.
"No injuries were reported."
Second-guessing other people's parenting decisions has become a national pastime.
Another year of unnecessary fear.
Everyday parenting decisions should not put people at risk of getting arrested, losing their kids, or being listed on a state registry for child endangerment.
"Ensure all sledding equipment is in good condition, with no cracks or sharp edges."
"I pulled the kids and I'm homeschooling."
Kids need more space to explore weird pastimes and obsessions.
We're not criminalizing danger. We're criminalizing childhood independence.
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"Parents feel a tremendous obligation to make life easier for their kids."
A mother of three children—ages 9, 10, and 11—just can't convince the principal to let them walk home.
This basically never happens.
"Residence restrictions do not decrease and are not a deterrent for sexual recidivism."
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"If you're on that registry, you're bad."
"Please don't let me die back here."
"My daughter can have five friends over for a sleepover without my being fingerprinted and federally background-checked."
Many alleged perpetrators, no actual victims.
Judge: "America's founding generation... knew their fair share of unwelcome constables."
The crazy plan was called off after parents sensibly complained.
Nobody can read the rule book in the dark.
With public schools largely out of commission, parents are putting together their own ad hoc schooling alternatives.