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Nanny State Raising Fearful Kids

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 12:46 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Acting on intel from a tipster, armed agents identified the two mobile targets and moved in swiftly, apprehending both as they walked along a suburban Washington street. The perps were taken down without a struggle, and, after being interrogated, led authorities to their headquarters, where their bosses were caught off-guard. Mission accomplished.

Another stellar example of government saving people not from a menace to homeland security, but a far greater threat — themselves.

The apprehended were children, ages 10 and 6. Their crime? Being unsupervised as they walked home, in broad daylight, from a park less than a mile from their house.

After someone with way too much time on his hands reported the children, police in Silver Spring, Md.,  scooped them up, triggering an investigation of parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv by the Montgomery County Child Protective Services (CPS). The CPS threatened to place the children in foster homes if their parents didn’t commit to a supervisory safety plan, even though doing so contradicted their parenting philosophy.

The CPS concluded that the Meitivs were “responsible for unsubstantiated child neglect,” and placed them on probation for five years. Since the parents believe they did nothing wrong, and refuse to change their parenting style based on the government’s edict, it raises the question of what the authorities will do if the children are once again found to be unsupervised.

Both scientists, Danielle and Alexander aren’t neglectful parents; just the opposite. They are teaching their children self-reliance by allowing them to incrementally explore the world on their own. That independence allows the children to overcome fears, solve problems, and yes, make mistakes, all while still within an appropriate safety net.

A government spokeswoman stated, “Our goal is the safety of children, always.” But what the government, and people who support its actions, don’t understand is that by the nanny state coddling of our children, we aren’t protecting them, but hurting them in incalculable ways.

Several points:
  • How can the Meitivs be guilty of unsubstantiated neglect if that neglect is, well, unsubstantiated? So government bureaucrats can terrify children by threatening to take them away from their parents, place massive financial burden on the family from legal fees, and forever label the parents as neglectful, all on the basis of something unsubstantiated? Vladimir Putin is blushing with envy.
  • Some parents would not do the same, but that is their choice. What’s indisputable is that the government’s actions go beyond overkill. What ever happened to discretion and common sense, whereby a police officer would make sure the children were okay, or even follow them home, as opposed to playing God? It is government forcefully coming between parent and child, asserting once again that it, not the people, knows best.
  • Not that long ago, children played outside and walked home unsupervised all the time --- and the sky didn’t fall. In fact, the children of those generations were far better off than today’s youth, who have fears constantly drilled into them. Child abductions are no more prevalent now, but one would think a predator was lurking at every school bus stop and playground. That’s not to say vigilance shouldn’t be employed, but society’s attempts to eliminate all risks have massively backfired.

Every time we succumb to fear, it becomes further embedded as normal. We have warped a generation, producing manic children conditioned to fear everything.

Can’t walk to the bus stop because you’ll be kidnapped; can’t ride a bike because you’ll get hit by a car (despite a Kevlar helmet and 78 protective pads); can’t play sports because you might get injured (even kickball and tag have been banned); can’t play cops-and-robbers because you might become a mass murderer; can’t settle your own disputes on the playground, so parents and teachers have to become involved.

Everything is so precisely planned and organized (what is a play date?) by helicopter parents obsessively hovering over their children. Creativity and curiosity has been erased, replaced with a structure so unnatural that social skills are nearly nonexistent.

Just a generation ago, kids walked home from school, even at lunchtime. School doors were never locked. Fights in the schoolyard were quick, and the combatants were friends again 15 minutes later.

Children played ghost-in-the-graveyard — and all survived. Scoreboards weren’t turned off in a rout, and losing teams worked harder to get better, which served them well in school and, later, in life. Not coincidentally, there were virtually no mass shootings or child suicides, and no one lived in fear.

The real world has always been filled with risk and danger. Managing those things without being a prisoner of fear is the only way for people, most especially our children, to grow and prosper.

Otherwise, we should fear for the future.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.


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The real world has always been filled with risk and danger. Managing those things without being a prisoner of fear is the only way for people, most especially our children, to grow and prosper.
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