I was in America, visiting. My friend has three children who stayed locked in the house unless they are taken somewhere.
They are driven to school. They are picked up from school. And they stay locked in the house.
They are taken to various places; an amusement park, the movies, a pool, by their parents. They can not go alone.
The eldest is twelve. Twelve years old and never took herself anywhere. Never has been allowed to go anywhere.
Oh I had a lot to say, but didn’t say it as Americans don’t permit free speech.
In Yard people say what they feel. Average people, not the pompous.
In Jamaica you can say; “She’s acting like an idiot!” in America everyone turns on you; “Shh! You can’t say that!”
So, I didn’t say anything.
It is no ponder that the child will be over weight, no ponder that the child has less life experience than a Jamaican four year old. It is no ponder that the child will grow up in a locked virtual reality in which she will be afraid of the new and different.
The tragic part of this story, is that this kind of incarcerating child rearing is normal. That if a child was walking to the shop alone, this ‘neglect’ would be reported to the police.