I sing in a 10-voice a capella group called Caritas Vocal Ensemble. Our mission is to put on benefit concerts for local non-profit groups which provide basic human services to the Twin Cities Area. So, if you're a part of a non-profit that provides food, clothing, shelter or healthcare to those in need, give us a call and we'll set up a concert for you next year.
On Sunday, we're singing a Home Concert with a silent auction to support our own mission.
Details here for local folks.My contribution to the silent auction is this hat and cowl.
Free-Range Kids this week.
It was a good read. Her thesis is that the world is no less safe than when we were kids (and possibly more so given the fact that mental illness is better treated now than 20-25 years ago and since lead paint was outlawed the statistics for violent crimes have plummeted.) but that media is saturated with horrible images both real and fictional and we internalize what we see and imagine the worst in all scenarios. So, we see a boogeyman around every corner, and to protect our kids we keep them close.
Closer than any previous generation.
We're pretty low-key with the panic around here, though I will admit to an occasional freak-out, and we let our kids walk or bike to their friends' houses regularly.
With a 10 year-old in the house it won't be long before she's asking to go places on her own, and then we'll see the true test of how laid-back we really are.
Where do you all sit on the scale of Free-Range to Helicopter Parenting?