Free Range Kids: Just the Latest Parenting Trend

By CBC Radio

In reaction to our overprotective society, some parents are adopting a hands-off approach called “free range parenting” — but this makes a lot of people uneasy because what some see as giving their kids independence appears to others as parental neglect.

Earlier this year, a Maryland couple decided to let their kids — aged 10 and 6 — walk home alone from the park in their neighbourhood. The children ended up being picked up by police for being unattended, and the couple were subsequently put under investigation for neglect. (Both cases against them were dropped in May and June.)

Lenore Skenazy coined the term “free range” when it comes to kids and parenting. She’s the author of Free Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children Without Going Nuts With Worry. We reached her in New York…more

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