So what in the world is a free range child? What is free range parenting? These are words I have never heard before, and now, after looking them up, I'm a bit confused.
Free-range parenting, as used in these articles, refers to letting your child (usually under the age of 12) play outside, wander outside, or be out of your site (or that of a trusted guardian).
Now, I don't know about you, but this is how I and nearly every other person I know was raised. My parents were strict when it came to many things: doing my chores, cleaning my room, doing my homework, etc., but they didn't keep me on a leash or trapped in the yard as it seems like some laws expect you to do, such as Maryland where a child under 8 cannot be left home alone, but it doesn't specify the rules for public spaces.
What confused me even more is that this article said that "free range parenting" started in 2008 with this woman's column; but I have to disagree. Free range parenting has always been happening, particularly in suburbs, country areas, etc.
So why are we putting a name to it, and getting parent's threatened with losing their children, simply because they are trying to raise their children to be responsible for themselves? Obviously, everything must be done in moderation. You're not going to tell a 6-year old that is in a new location to go home on their own, or put them in a dangerous situation. I support "free range" aka normal parenting, I don't think children benefit at all from being coddled nor could I handle that much 1:1 time with a kid, but I'm beginning to wonder, am I in the minority?