Why We Won't Raise Our Kids in Suburbia
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 Published On Jun 6, 2022

Of all the reasons why we moved to the Netherlands, the independence of children is probably the most important one.

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I originally made this video in the early days of my channel, back in 2020, but I became a lot better at making videos, and I was never really happy with the outcome of the first video I made on this topic. So I've done a re-make of this topic with a slightly shorter script, and a few more details of why we would never, ever want to raise our kids in suburbia.

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Additional Reading & References:

Worlds of Influence - Understanding What Shapes Child Well-being in Rich Countries
UNICEF
https://www.unicef.nl/files/Report%20Card%2016%20UNICEF_3%20sept_2020.pdf

Montreal pedestrian deaths at highest level in 6 years
https://globalnews.ca/news/5382380/montreal-pedestrians-deaths-2018-high/

Toronto appears to have hit a one-year high in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/12/07/toronto-appears-to-have-hit-a-one-year-high-in-pedestrian-and-cyclist-fatalities-over-40-per-cent-of-those-deaths-happened-in-scarborough.html

Drivers are killing more pedestrians in Canada every year. Here's why: Michael's essay
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/sunday/the-sunday-edition-for-february-3-2019-1.4997146/drivers-are-killing-more-pedestrians-in-canada-every-year-here-s-why-michael-s-essay-1.4998615

Pedestrian deaths hit 28-year high, and big vehicles and smartphones are to blame
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/28/pedestrian-deaths-hit-a-28-year-high-and-big-vehicles-and-smartphones-are-to-blame.html


Arriving at school on a bicycle (Netherlands) [298]
Bicycle Dutch (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NUgB_xkIvU

Cycling to school; Culemborg (Netherlands) [149]
Bicycle Dutch (YouTube)
https://youtu.be/OrQ-d2PBUto

Very Superstitious: How Fact-Free Parenting Policies Rob Our Kids of Independence
http://5kids1condo.com/very-superstitious-how-fact-free-parenting-policies-rob-our-kids-of-independence/

Riding the first bus (5 mins) with kids on a rainy day
Adrian Crook (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGHQVnbsVJs

Kids filing onto their second bus (25 mins) that goes directly to school
Adrian Crook (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMBs_NcrV5Y

We Won! Common Sense Prevails in ‘Bus Dad’ Case.
http://5kids1condo.com/we-won-common-sense-prevails-in-bus-dad-case/

COURT OF APPEAL FOR BRITISH COLUMBIA
Adrian Crook
The Director under the Child, Family and Community Service Act
Kids First Parent Association of Canada
https://www.bccourts.ca/jdb-txt/ca/20/01/2020BCCA0192cor1.htm

How did good parenting become a crime?
Maclean's
https://www.macleans.ca/society/how-did-good-parenting-become-a-crime/

Florida mom arrested after 7-year-old son went to park alone
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-mom-arrested-after-7-year-old-son-went-to-park-alone/

S.C. mom's arrest over daughter alone in park sparks debate
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/south-carolina-moms-arrest-over-daughter-alone-in-park-sparks-debate/

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