Saturday Was “Take Our Children To The Park & Leave Them There Day”… What?
I’m shocked I didn’t know anything about this holiday sooner! This past Saturday, May 19th, was Take Our Children To The Park… And Leave Them There Day”! Huh?
Well, the day, which was put together by an organization called Free Range Kids, is pretty simple in theory. You take your kids to the park, you leave, they play for a while, and then you go pick them up and bring them home. On their official website, they say:
The idea of the holiday is simple: We take our kids, age 7 or 8 and up, to the local park at 10 a.m. That way, they meet up with other kids from the neighborhood. We wave goodbye and the kids are on their own to come up with something to do. Boredom works in their favor — eventually they start playing because NOT playing is so painfully dull. By the time they’re through — it could be half an hour or half a day later — chances are they’ll want to do it again. And so Sunday becomes “Our kids are going to the park on their own” day, as do most days thereafter!
If you’ve got younger kids — great. Go to the park and witness what your kids will be able to do in only a few years. Meantime, you’re there on the bench, creating the kind of community that reassures the parents waving their older kids goodbye.
I know that when I was a kid, I was able to do things like this. But, I was also a kid a million years ago. And I grew up in a very small town where everyone knew everyone else. I don’t know of many parents in this day and age that would allow their kids to be at the park alone.
West Michigan moms, do you think this is a good idea? Or just a disaster waiting to happen?