Safe, Not Sound

Is the war on risk scaring our kids to death?

My wife and I must be caring parents, because we've been sent "the catalog for parents who care." It is called Perfectly Safe and is devoted to creating "the perfectly safe home." It offers, for example, a venetian-blind-cord shortener (so your child won't inadvertently hang himself) and a plastic "safety film" to put over windows and glass doors ("For use during hurricanes too!"). The catalog also gives you the opportunity to "Lock out 'toilet tragedies' with Lid Loc."

It is amazing how many things you don't realize you need until you get a catalog featuring them. My wife and I had...

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