Monday, September 28, 2015
Parental rights advocate Lenore Skenazy reports
that a court in British Columbia has recently ruled against a woman
who'd been reported for -- get this -- letting her eight-year-old son
be at home alone for a couple of hours each day:
"A social worker visited the home and told the mother a child under the age of 10 could not be left alone. She asked the mother ... to agree to a 'safety plan.' When the mother refused, the social worker asked to speak to the boy, but the mother again refused."Skenazy correctly identifies the rationale for the woman's legal trouble as "worst-case thinking," which the unaccountability of social workers gives the force of law. She sums things up as follows:
If I ever meet that mom, I will have to give her a crown. She refused to make a safety plan, because she raised the safety plan. Her son is clearly capable of being on his own for a few hours -- as are almost all 8-year-olds -- because that's how she brought him up.
And she is not alone. In most of the world, kids start getting themselves to school, by foot, bike or bus -- on their own -- at age 7. Yet the social worker ordered the British Columbia boy to be supervised for six months.
[T]he state is insisting on mind control. You must think obsessive negative thoughts and act on them, "saving" your child even from the dangers of having a snack, doing homework and watching some TV.In other words, this is a manifestation of what I once called "primacy of others' imaginations" in another context.