Free-Range Parenting: Teaching Independence, Or Child Neglect?

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Free-Range Parenting: Teaching Independence, Or Child Neglect?
News from CBS Local:

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJZ) — Two Maryland parents are in the fight of their lives, trying to raise their children the way they want. The government claims what they’re doing is dangerous—but is it?

Jessica Kartalija with an in-depth look at a small, but growing movement called “free-range” parenting.

On a recent afternoon, two Maryland children are doing what they typically do–walking by speeding cars, crossing busy streets.

And while they’re only six and ten-years-old, Dvora and Rafi Meitiv are frequently alone with no adult supervision.

It’s something their mother actually encourages.

“They’re urban kids growing up in an urban area, and one of the most important skills that we taught them–how to cross busy streets,” their mother, Danielle Meitiv, said.

Dvora and Rafi not only walk home alone, they go to the park alone and to the store alone.

“As they show more maturity, we gave them more responsibility,” their mother said.

Reporter: “What have you done to prepare your kids to be more independent?”

Mother: “They started playing in the yard, then, you know, they were allowed in front of the house, then around the corner. They know the boundaries.”

This controversial parenting style–quietly going on for years–unnoticed– until a passerby calls the police.

Someone saw the kids wal…………… continues on CBS Local

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Related News:

‘Adult Onset’: the joys and terrors of single parenting
News from The Seattle Times (registration):

Canadian author Ann-Marie MacDonald’s new novel “Adult Onset” is a pitch-perfect account of solo parenting, as seen through the eyes of one mother of two young children whose partner leaves town to direct a play.

‘Adult Onset’

by Ann-Marie MacDonald

Tin House Books, 381 pp., $ 25.95

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s latest novel, “Adult Onset,” tracks a week in the life of Mary Rose MacKinnon.

A famous author of young adult novels, Mary Rose is stalled on starting the last book of a popular trilogy and taking care of her two young children while her partner, who is focusing on her career, is directing a play out of town.

To that end, it’s the most accurate description of solo parenting I’ve ever read, not so much juggling a number of tasks from the seemingly simple (answering one email) to crucial (keeping scissors away from a toddler) as trying to keep from drowning under them. MacDonald, an acclaimed Canadian author, nails both the hilarity and the crippling anxiety of day-to-day life, revealing they’re not necessarily mutually exclusive, as well as the internal struggle between needing help and believing one should be capable of handling all this without it.

The novel starts with an email from Mary Rose’s father, which triggers the memory of a c…………… continues on The Seattle Times (registration)

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I do not own DBZ. Clips taken from Alternate Reality Dragon Ball Z done by SSJGozar, Vegeta’s such an awesome father.

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