“There is no way in hell I’d let a nine-year-old walk alone to school?”
“She has to be kidding. A nine-year-old”
“Who even is this woman? What kind of mother would let a NINE-YEAR-OLD walk home alone?”
The kind of mother who might allow a nine-year-old to walk home alone from school is me.
I’m that woman.
What else makes you a ‘bad mother’. Mia Freedman addresses one concern in her ‘Hey Mia’ series.
It hasn’t happened yet – he still only eight, but it is something I am thinking about letting happen when he turns nine near the end of the year.
My musings about the subject became public last week in a post for Mamamia – little did I realise that even considering such a thing was taboo.
There was instant castigation.
The reaction I got you would have thought I was considering letting him pack up his PlayStation and his soccer ball and move out of home.
Here is what I learnt:
- Only bad mothers let their children roam the streets unsupervised.
- Only bad mothers let their children play outside without a grown-up hovering.
- A “good” parent is there watching, wary. Just in case.
- Good mothers worry. Bad mothers don’t care.