Whew, that was close

Some of you may remember that I wrote a blog post in January about 16-year-old Abby Sunderland (pictured above) and her decision to circumnavigate the globe in a sailboat by herself.  At that time, I questioned why her parents would say yes to something like that. I just can’t fathom (pun intended) letting my teenager (and that’s not too far off for me) do something so dangerous. And now with the news that she has been rescued after previously being lost at sea, it looks like the scrutiny has begun. See this story for more.

The story brings up some interesting points. First, it notes that rescuers had to put their lives on the line to save her in the 20-30 foot seas and high winds. Also, it quotes her dad who dismisses the criticisms by pointing out the high number of kids who are becoming obese or rotting their brains out by watching TV or playing video games.

Talk about an apples to orange comparison. That’s crazy. In both cases, though, we are talking about parenting. Parents need to say no. They need to say no to too much video games or too much Nickelodeon. It’s called parenting. They also need to say no when their minor child wants to cruise the globe by herself in a 40-foot sailboat. I don’t care how many records she may set.

Thankfully, Abby is going to be fine. But can you imagine if she wasn’t? Would the parents be prepared for that? Would they second guess themselves for the rest of their lives? What about their responsibility to make sure Abby grows into a responsible adult or even just into an adult?

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