Do you let your kid walk to school alone? Or to the park? Or to the neighbor’s house to play? But more importantly, have you ever let your kid go out alone…and lied about it for fear of repercussion?  Today on the latest Episode of Spawned, Kristen and Liz have a lively discussion about just what the heck is going on in today’s world.  Has “it takes a village” given way to “it takes a village of paranoid strangers with CPS on speed dial?” And who the heck is writing all these playground safety rules these days?

Clearly this one gets us riled up!

Also, we’re talking about Kim Cattrall’s controversial statement this week that you can be a mom without being a mother. We bet you’ll all have some strong thoughts on that topic.

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Links from SPAWNED Episode 15

– Kim Cattrall’s statements about being a mother even without children,

The original interview on BBC radio, and her explanation

– Melanie Notkin’s Savvy Auntie website in support of devoted aunts.

– The world has changed: Walking to school alone is the last parenting taboo.

– Parents arrested for letting their children walk or play alone:Debra Harrell let her 9-year-old play in a park alone in South Carolina. Nicole Gainey was arrested for letting her 7-year-old go to the park alone in Florida.  Danielle and Raffi Meitiv were arrested for letting their children walk to the park alone in Maryland.

– Maryland officials dropped charges, and made a statement that children playing or walking alone outdoors is not neglect.

– UNH study says it’s become a safer world since the mid 1990’s.

Lenore Skenazy’s Free-Range Kids website has lots of valuable (and funny!) information and crime statistics.

-The world’s most hilarious playground safety rules

Crime rate headlines versus reality.

– The FBI shows Crime is hitting new lows as of 2012, and preliminary reports show crime continued to decrease into 2014. (If you are curious, look up the crime statistics by region.)

Wonder book by R. J. Palacio

Liz’s Cool Pick of the Week: Wonder by R. J. Palacio (and a shoutout to Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast  and her support for reading YA novels as adults if it makes you happy.)

Kristen’s Cool Pick of the Week: Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream at Sephora

Also check out the new Panoply podcast, Getting In, about college admissions. (You probably heard the promo at the top of our show.)


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