You wouldn’t know it by looking at her, but Lenore Skenazy is an awful mother. When she isn’t needlessly risking the life of her 9-year old son, she is a columnist for the New York Sun.
In her latest column, she talks about how she left her 9-year old son at Bloomingdale’s in New York City with a subway map, a MetroCard, a $20 bill, and a fist full of quarters in case he had to make a call.
She points out that she didn’t give him a cell phone because she didn’t want it to get lost.
She seems to care more about her cell phone than she does about her own son. Maybe she doesn’t like her son, but she really likes her cell phone.
Skenazy goes on to refer to people who protect their children as “wimps.” She even points to crime statistics from the Justice Department that show that the number of children abducted by strangers has been going down.
Gee, I wonder why that is?
I would argue that parents are more careful about exposing their kids to unnecessary risks. It’s not because there are fewer child predators. No, it’s because parents have heard the story of Adam Walsh. It’s because parents are smarter.
Parents not named Lenore Skenazy.
Hopefully, she drops in at the local AIDS hospice for her next column and has unprotected sex with some of the patients. She can then take an AIDS test, and if the results come back negative, she can write another column. She can say that people who think unprotected sex with numerous AIDS patients is dangerous are wimps.
Maybe she is only brave when she is risking someone else’s life.