(i never had that treatment from my parents).
...btw...this is pretty normal in Japan for kids.
Sep 7th, 2017 8:58 am
Sep 7th, 2017 10:13 am
Sep 7th, 2017 10:16 am
I have no problem with the 11 or 9 yr-olds riding together. The issue is the other three kids (8, 7, and 5) can't be left to be the responsibility of the 11-yr-old.
Sep 7th, 2017 10:22 am
Sep 7th, 2017 11:10 am
Why not? I took care of my younger brothers (7 and 4 at the time) starting when I was 9. I'd walk them to school, walk them back from school, and take care of them until my parents came home around 7 PM.
Sep 7th, 2017 11:18 am
Sep 7th, 2017 11:21 am
ITs actually quite normal... The only thing that isn't normal is this new version of helicopter parenting. Things are getting 'better', but at what cost?
Sep 7th, 2017 11:23 am
Sep 7th, 2017 11:28 am
I remember one of the apartments we lived in before we bought our house was near a community centre. All the kids in the building would hang around the building itself, walk to the community centre pool, buy a day pass and go swimming by ourselves, and hang around the track there running or just playing in the general area. I'd walk to school with my friends around my age as well (this was before I was old enough to take care of my brothers, so maybe 8ish). I doubt our parents had anything beyond a general idea where we were until we came home, and this was before cell phones. It's truly sad that we're now up to this point:UrbanPoet wrote: ↑Sep 7th, 2017 11:21 amITs actually quite normal... The only thing that isn't normal is this new version of helicopter parenting. Things are getting 'better', but at what cost?
I'm sure many remember just going to the park and playing baseball and soccer with their buddies.
Apparently these days you need a permit and have to be part of a team? You can't just go kick ball?
SAme with basketball... From 3:30-5:00pm (before dinner) was b-ball time where I grew up... We just played basketball everyday after school until diner. Now you gotta be in a league. The courts are so empty... They used to be full of life.
After a weeks-long investigation, the ministry concluded that children under the age of 10 cannot be left unsupervised — whether on a bus, riding bikes around the neighbourhood or walking to the corner store, he said.
Crook shares custody with the kids’ mother, who lives closer to the school, so they were taking the bus half the time while staying with him. Now they can’t even walk to school from her home, he said.
He said the ministry said its decision was based on a British Columbia court ruling that found an eight-year-old could not be left at home alone. It also said that in other provinces, the legal age to be unsupervised is much higher, including 16 in Ontario, he said.
Sep 7th, 2017 11:49 am
I remember my kids doing just that. Last night. At our local park. Without parental supervision even.
Sep 7th, 2017 11:50 am
Sep 7th, 2017 2:43 pm
Yeah it was a completely different mentality.
Sep 7th, 2017 2:59 pm
I'm sure we did a lot of stuff back when we were younger that's not acceptable now. I retired from skiing for over 15 years until my daughter picked it up a few years ago and I was stunned that every kid and adult now all wear helmets. Or during the late 70's how we rode in back trunk of my uncle's station wagon with no seats and no seatbelts - just having a blast rolling around every time he cornered on the street or highway.Piro21 wrote: ↑Sep 7th, 2017 11:10 amWhy not? I took care of my younger brothers (7 and 4 at the time) starting when I was 9. I'd walk them to school, walk them back from school, and take care of them until my parents came home around 7 PM.
As long as the older kids are taught properly and there's no serious medical emergency or anything a kid around the double digits should be okay to supervise younger kids. They're all going to and from the same place anyway, and it's not like they're going to be apart.
Sep 7th, 2017 3:08 pm
Completely different culture in Japan. Kids are taught group reliance and every adult is expected to help the kids. Basically, everyone around them acts like a parent or guardian figure to the kids in public. Not so much here, where you might have a good samaritan in the crowd, but you can't rely on it.
Sep 7th, 2017 6:49 pm