Posted on 09/03/2018 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s a dangerous world out there — or is it?

Parents grapple with that question on an everyday basis, weighing their children’s maturity level with the actual risk of serious harm.

And as it turns out, what you perceive as nothing major could be seen as complete negligence by a third party.

Kim Brooks learned this lesson the hard way.

After leaving her four-year-old in a locked car with adequate ventilation, she found herself facing a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Brooks has written a book about the experience and the cultural expectation that we keep children under constant supervision.

Listen to her discuss Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear with All Things Considered’s Mary Louise Kelly or read the interview highlights on NPR’s website.

Categories: Author Interview

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