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Find the parent? or call 911?

Several times in the last few weeks I have heard of cases where a stranger finds a kid fine and safe but without their parent and calls 911 instead of just finding the parent.

This includes:
1. Stroller right outside starbucks. With dog attached on leash! Call 911 or find parent in line?
2. Mom picking up a car seat at an apt building — like a craigslist purchase — and kid is sitting in the car in the parking lot like 20 feet away. Call 911 or ask adult by open door if it’s their kid?
3. This article. (Kid playing at park within view of house)

Comment there from someone at that I hadn’t heard of before…

“At the National Association of Parents, in radio and press interviews, we have advocated for a triage of calls reporting children alone:

(1) Does the child appear to be hurt?
(2) Does the child appear to be in distress?
(3) Does the child appear to be in imminent danger of harm from an identifiable source of harm?

If the answer to all three questions is “no,” then law enforcement has no business getting involved (other than MAYBE to drive by to confirm that the answer indeed is “no”). Otherwise, the misuse of finite resources and the misapplication of authority becomes routine.”

That’s maybe more than some people can handle… but seems totally reasonable for folks to ask themselves the 3 questions and talk to the kid and/or look for the parent first.

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A “free-range parenting” reference which predates 2008

I doubt Lenore Skenazy in the US had heard this reference when she coined “free-range kids” but interesting nonetheless.

“Maybe it’s your rational free-range parenting which has made a bully of your son…”

From BBC sitcom: “My Family” Season 1 Episode 02 (2000)
Pain In The Class

at approximately 23min 30sec

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Interesting side-effects of dual income households

“It’s easy to impose severe limits on the mobility of your children when you are not personally expected to provide 24-hour supervision. When I was a kid, there were a lot of mothers at home who believed that being home with kids was important but did not actually personally enjoy playing with 4-year-olds. Those parents would have rebelled at being told that they should never let their kids out of hearing range. Those mothers are now at work, paying someone else to enjoy playing with their 4-year-old or at least convincingly fake it.”

Seven Reasons We Hate Free-Range Parenting
(Ignore the stupid title… the 7 points are actually describing the factors leading to the overprotective parenting culture that many would say predominates in 2015 in middle-class america)

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