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

Posted by on Saturday, 25 April, 2015

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.

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‘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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‘Free-range parenting’ vs. child neglect: Your Say

Posted by on Wednesday, 15 April, 2015

‘Free-range parenting’ vs. child neglect: Your Say
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See 19 of the best inspirational parenting tips to brighten your day
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It’s always nice to learn practical solutions for parenting dilemmas. Kid won’t take yucky medicine? Give him a couple of chocolate chips to melt in his mouth and disguise the taste. Boom! Medicine down the hatch.

But sometimes, parenting challenges can’t be solved with a clever hack. Sometimes you need to take a deep breath and recharge your soul. We mined this month’s contributions from the TODAY Parenting Team to come up with this stellar compilation of 19 nuggets of wisdom that just may help thwart some parenting stre…………… continues on

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Montgomery County neglect inquiry shines spotlight on ‘free-range’ parenting

Posted by on Sunday, 18 January, 2015

Montgomery County neglect inquiry shines spotlight on ‘free-range’ parenting
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Danielle and Alexander Meitiv let their children, 10 and six, walk home alone from a park a mile away from their house. Now, Montgomery County is investigating the couple for child neglect.

January 17 at 6:57 PM

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6 ways parenting advice has changed over the years
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Parenting is tough enough as it is without having to field advice from every direction. Your best friend who had a baby 10 years ago, your mom who had children 25 years ago, your grandma, your mother-in-law, the stranger on the train — everyone knows just how you should parent, but everyone has something different to say. Why does everyone have such different parenting advice about the right way to care for a baby? Probably because parenting ideas have changed so much over the years. Your friends and family, and yes, even strangers on the train, usually mean well; it’s just that they’re doling out advice they received which is often outdated. As we learn more, experts update and revise recommendations. That’s why it’s probably not a great idea to listen to grandma (even though we love her and her heart is in the right place!). Your pediatrician is generally your best source for up-to-date, accurate, reliable information.

I was talking to a friend about how things have changed over the years in regards to parenting. We were specifically discussing bullying and how many different platforms…………… continues on KTRK-TV

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Maryland couple practicing “free-range parenting” investigated for neglect

Posted by on Friday, 16 January, 2015

Maryland couple practicing “free-range parenting” investigated for neglect
News from CBS News:

A hot debate is unfolding in a Washington D.C. suburb over how much freedom is safe for young children.

It all started when a 6 and a 10 year old were taking a walk on a busy street and got picked up by police. Their parents had signed off on their trek, and now they are in trouble with Child Protective Services, reports CBS News correspondent Chip Reid.

Dvora Meitiv and her brother, Rafi, aren’t always with their parents. The two are allowed to walk around the block, visit the library and play in local parks — all on their own.

“We can walk anywhere in Silver Spring. And it’s really fun,” Rafi said.

Fun is what they were hoping to have in December when they asked their father to drop them off at a park a mile from home. It would have been their longest solo walk yet, but they only made it halfway.

“The police came and picked them up and brought them home,” their father, Alex, said.

Alex Meitiv and his wife, Danielle, said at one point there were six officers at their house. They now are being investigated for child neglect.

“They determined if there’s an imminent danger of harm to the children, they are authorized to come and take the children,” Alex said.

“And ask questions later,” his wife Danielle added.

State law in Maryland says, “A child under the age of 8 y…………… continues on CBS News

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My parenting resolution: Less praise, more presence
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January 16 at 10:54 AM

One little guy’s “trophy for nothing.” (Amy Joyce)

This past fall, my daughter returned home from her tennis lesson and proudly announced that she would receive a trophy the following week at class. The class had just begun, and no competition had taken place. During the first lesson, she and her teammates had not even begun using their tennis rackets; they had practiced their serves with just their hands. As she told me this, I pictured a symphony of 5-year-old hands swinging in unison, like the Rockettes.

My daughter was delighted at the idea of this “prize.” I worried that the promise of a trophy might eclipse her focus on learning how to play the game well.

“Why are you receiving a trophy?” I asked.

“Because they said I am doing a good job,” she replied.

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