Go out and play?

Why is the parenting phrase "go out and play, kids!" becoming endangered? Meredith Grimm wanted to ask how parents avoid both hovering and neglect -- and figure out if there's good reason why people don't let their kids run around like they did in the 1950s.  The author Neil Postman cites juvenile crime statistics showing that the rate of serious crimes for people under 15 years old - we're talking rape, murder, aggravated assault - went up 40 times between the 50s and the 90s.  With facts like this, perhaps fears are justified? But how can kids learn to figure things out for themselves if they're never alone? And how can parents balance between hovering and neglect?  Joining the conversation is Terry Lubin, a professional childcare consultant, and a parent himself.


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