Written by Ralph E. Shaffer

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

In a surprising video posted by Carey Hart, husband of singer Pink, their daughter Willow enthusiastically attacks numerous pink balloons with a very sharp knife. While Hart has been widely criticized for allowing Willow to play with a knife, he's also drawn considerable support from those who think we've put too many limitations on the kids.

"We're over-protecting the kids, and, in the process, taking the fun out of being one," said a spokesman for "Let the Kids have Fun," a grass roots organization that arose in response to the ever-growing list of things kids can no longer do.

"Hell, when I was a kid, we didn't have to sit in car seats or wear headgear when we rode a scooter or a bike. You make the kid put on that helmet and you've scared the dickens out of him, so much that half the fun of riding is lost."

As to Willow and the knife, Let the Kids Have Fun thinks Hart was right to let her play with it. "Willow isn't going to know how dangerous that knife is until she accidentally cuts a finger. When she finds out on her own, she'll know enough to take precautions. And a bloodied forehead or broken arm from a bike fall is a better teacher than some government regulation."

The re-emergence of this old school philosophy about not being overly-concerned about keeping the kids safe while at play, got added impetus from Donald Trump's election. He's a vocal critic of over-regulation, which infringes on freedom of choice.

But simultaneously with the movement to let the kids be kids is a parallel view that parents ought to return to the use of corporal punishment to straighten out an obnoxious brat.

So, Willow beware! If your knife punctures anything but those balloons, your Dad might land a meaningful swat on your bottom.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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