Agreed that today’s helicopter parenting is a bit much. And that yes, of course 8 year olds can go to the park on their own. 5 year olds be left in the car for 5 minutes as Mom slips into the 7-11. And then there’s truly free range parenting:
A 4-year-old Pennsylvania girl surprised a driver and passengers when she boarded a public bus alone in the middle of the night on a quest for a sugary slushie, transportation officials said on Sunday.
Surveillance footage shows the pint-sized girl with blonde hair, bundled up in all purple, boarding a Philadelphia bus at 3 a.m. local time on Friday and sitting down by herself as a handful of passengers look curiously toward her.
The girl, who appeared cheerful as she stretched and dangled her boots off of her seat, told bus riders that she wanted to get a slushie, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority spokeswoman Kristin Geiger said.
Police called, girl reunited, parents etc. And no, Mom had not said that this was OK.
But, umm, it was OK, wasn’t it? 4 year old girl, wandering around at 3 am, in search of a slushie….