Here's a fine example of the sort of nonsense that parents who don't think like economists will spew. This contains at least one empirical fallacy and one example of bad reasoning. Feel free to spot more. It was a comment left on a blog post of Free Range Kids author Leonore Skenazy's at ParentDish.com.
“WHEN ARE PARENTS GOING TO LEARN THAT LEAVING YOUR CHILD WITH ANYONE OTHER THAN YOUR HUSBAND OR TRUSTED FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND, FOR EVEN ONE MINUTE IS PUTTING YOUR CHILD AT RISK. WAKE UP PARENTS!!! YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO PARANOID WHEN IT COMES TO THE SAFETY OF YOUR CHILDREN.”
My choices below the fold. And you can hear my podcast on Skenazy's work here.
1. Yes, you can be too paranoid when it comes to the safety of your children. If your fear for their safety prevents them from learning the benefits of self-reliance, you are being "too paranoid" and engaging in "Corner Solution Parenting."
2. Your children are in FAR more danger of being kidnapped or sexually abused at the hands of husbands and "trusted" friends and relatives than they are from strangers, especially in public like the example Skenazy discusses. It is the same point made hilariously by South Park in "Child Abduction Is Not Funny."