My wife and I have just finished reading with great interest the Echo's April 1 article, "Safely turn a yard into a play area," and believe we have a reasonable alternative we would like to share.
First, rim the proposed play area with 10-foot high fencing, topped with concertina wire; second, turn a well-trained watch dog of your choice loose to roam the perimeter and, especially, the dreaded wooded areas; and third, send your children out dressed in chain mail and a full suit of armor. This way, you will assure they will never learn from the experience of assessing risks with their likely consequences and testing their conclusions.
Is it any wonder that we hear, on an escalating basis, the concerns about "feminization of boys" and the creation of a "nanny state"?
Jim and Jan Moe,
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