Seriously, towns from Iowa to New Jersey are becoming afraid of the liability. It’s safer to erect a sign in the park than to let kids enjoy a snow day. But are we really surprised? So many things these town managers and lawyers did themselves when they were children are now deemed too risky.
"We are just encouraged to imagine the worst-case scenario," says Lenore Skenazy, author, lecturer and founder of the organization Free Range Kids. "We're living in this society that believes you can get to zero risk."
Yet few would argue for a total return to the good ol’ days. Revisit the 1970s and judge for yourself.