Kim Brooks, Author of Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear, talks about how fear has changed the notions of what it means to be a good parent.

Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year-old son in the car while she ran into Target to grab something quick when she returned her son was unharmed and waiting for her. Little did she know, a bystander had filmed her leaving the car with her son unattended and had called the police. She was charged with "contributing to the delinquency of a minor."

This life-changing event made Brooks take a closer look at parenting in today's society and how fear controls parents decisions.

Her book is now available for purchase. She is also hosting an event at Elliot Bay Book Company tonight at 7 PM.

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