Archive for August, 2012

Always Watch Your Chilren, say Police

While at the laundrette on Sunday waiting for laundry, I was perusing a free local magazine where I came across a short article about a young girl who walked off from her mum in a shop, only to stumble across a man in his 60’s who was masturbating. While this was the wrong place to ‘get off’, I don’t know if I’d share the allegation of ‘exposing himself to a child’ if the child came across the man already enjoying himself.

At the end of the article, the Police advised parents not to leave their children unsupervised while at the shops. This message did remind me of the time when we lived in Rockhampton which is in Central Queensland. You see, our son who was three or four years old drew pictures on small squares of paper only to walk up and down the street putting his artistry in letterboxes while naked.

People being what they are now I guess, one neighbour chose not to bring him home but to leave him walking around the street naked and rang the Police. We didn’t even know this until the Police came to our house. Our son, was playing in his bedroom. Now we let our children play in the backyard whilst naked if they wish too. This one decided to extend the boundaries.

The message I heard from the visiting Police Officer which I heard often up there, was to always keep an eye on your children…always know what they’re doing…etc. When the Police tell parents the FEAR FEAR FEAR message, how can we encourage parents to let their children go free?

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They Made It Home Minus Alien Abduction

It’s Sunday and laundry day.

There is a park across the road from the laundrette in Kingswood, a town about 50km’s west of Sydney. While I was in the laundrette waiting for the clothes to wash and dry, my three youngest children aged 11, 9 and 8 years old were across the road playing at the park enjoying some play getting some parent free play.

When it looked and felt like it might start to rain soon, I decided it was home time but instead of driving them home, I got them to walk home alone. They did not actually know the way home from the park so I gave them directions to the shops near their school which was easy as it was basically a straight line there.

I took myself a little time coming home and so decided to sneak off to see how far they got without me seeing them. As I couldn’t see them anyway along the track, I thought they snuck back to the park but no, I saw them starting their walk home, obviously having a peak at the shops they had not looked at before and so back home I went.

Can you believe it? They got home safe and sound without having a mobile(cell) phone on them. They did get a little lost on the way but they found their way easily. You know they were home cause you could hear the happy voices of children from the walk alone instead of the usual moaning and groaning you hear from them after the drive.

And they want to do it again. Sounds cool by me.

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