Some efforts to protect kids are ridiculous, demeaning, and ultimately crippling. Examples, in my opinion: banning dodge ball or running on the playground.
Others efforts are perfectly rational.
Sometimes there are differences of opinion about where the line is. The line doesn't get any easier to draw when it's your kids involved. It gets harder.
Case in point: today it's hovering at about 107 or 108 Fahrenheit, and dry as a bone, where I live. The air quality is moderate (which is much better than when I was growing up here). That's Southern California Autumn for you. Evan, 9, and Abby, 7, have soccer practice in the late afternoon, at about 5:30. It may cool down to 103 or so by then.
The girls' coach already canceled practice. The boys' coach is suggesting they will press on with practice and just take a lot of water breaks.
I'm thinking that 102-107 is a little hot for 9-year-olds to be having soccer practice. I have doubts that they'll learn anything or develop any skills under those conditions.
Rational actor, or hand-wringing parent?
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