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A Peculiarly Dutch Summer Rite: Children Abandoned in the Night Woods

oldmom4896oldmom4896 3951 replies292 threads Senior Member
It may sound extreme, but it’s normal in the Netherlands.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/21/world/europe/netherlands-dropping-children.html
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  • CaMom13CaMom13 2185 replies14 threads Senior Member
    LOL.
    "If this sounds crazy to you, it is because you are not Dutch."
    I am not Dutch, it does sound crazy and yet, I can see the potential benefits.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 42514 replies460 threads Senior Member
    It doesn't sound like there are big problems like kidnappings, accidents/deaths, frozen toes, poisoning, etc.
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  • walkinghomewalkinghome 7514 replies298 threads Senior Member
    Sounds like the Order of the Arrow ordeal that most boy scouts do. I think it sounds like fun.
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  • dietz199dietz199 3720 replies74 threads Senior Member
    edited July 2019
    I'm going to guess the ratio of lawyers to standard citizens is lower in the Netherlands. :)
    edited July 2019
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  • CountingDownCountingDown 13604 replies113 threads Senior Member
    We did that in my Junior GS troop in Germany in the early 70s. Kids learn independence early in Europe!
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  • NYC2018nycNYC2018nyc 312 replies13 threads Member
    Love it!
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  • Cardinal FangCardinal Fang 18701 replies160 threads Senior Member
    No bears. No mountain lions. No wolves. No cliffs. No gators.. In summer nights, the weather doesn’t go down to freezing. I’m guessing Dutch wild lands are safer than American wild lands.
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  • oldfortoldfort 23181 replies296 threads Senior Member
    Sun also sets very late in the summer there.
    The article said sometimes adults hid in the woods and make boar noises. Sounds like a pretty well organized/supervised outing.
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  • 4gsmom4gsmom 852 replies29 threads Member
    I've been accused of being a pretty controlling mom and I would totally allow my kids to participate in something like that - if they wanted to. Would never force a kid to do it, however.
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