‘Free-range’ kids and our parenting police state

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‘Free-range’ kids and our parenting police state
News from Washington Post:

Earlier this year Danielle and Alexander Meitiv were investigated by Montgomery County after letting their children, 10 and 6, walk home alone from a park a mile away from their house. (Jorge Ribas/The Washington Post)

Columnist April 13

They were coming home from a park, on this gorgeous, blossoming weekend, after playing.

And for this, a 10-year-old and his 6-year-old sister ended up in the back of a squad car……………. continues on Washington Post

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Couple’s “free-range” parenting style raises concerns
News from WFSB:

Rachel Wickware likes to keep her children close.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) – For the second time in four months, police in Maryland picked up two children as they walked home alone from a park that is about a mile from their house.

Instead of taking them home this time, police took the children, ages 6 and 10, to child protective services.

The parents believe in “free-range” parenting, which includes letting their children play and walk alone in the neighborhood to teach them self-reliance and responsibility.

Rachel Wickware, a parent in Cape Girardeau, would likely disagree.

She keeps a tight rein on her kids.

“They don’t get out of my sight to often,” Wickware said. “They are always close by. They don’t go too far without mommy.”

Wickware says the days of staying out until the street lights come on are long gone.

“Someone is always out looking to prowl with your kids or take them,” Wickware said. “You can’t trust no body now days. And I don’t trust no body.”

Licensed counselor Bob Dale, a therapist for the Dale and Hancock Center, blames technology.

“We’re concerned about what they are doing with their smartphones, what they are doing with their tablets, what they are doing with their computers, what other people are transmitting to them via internet a…………… continues on WFSB

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