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‘Free-range’ kids and our parenting police state

Posted by on Wednesday, 15 April, 2015

‘Free-range’ kids and our parenting police state
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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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Mom of missing SC boy told police she needed break from parenting

Posted by on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012

Mom of missing SC boy told police she needed break from parenting
News from The Augusta Chronicle:

Mom of missing S.C. boy told police she needed break from parenting

Prosecutors played a lengthy interview in which Zinah Jennings told police she was stressed from parenting, criticism from her mother and being unemployed and needed some time to herself. Sgt. Arthur Thomas is heard repeatedly telling Jennings that he understands her situation and just needs to see the boy to know that he’s OK.

“We’ll deal with you still having a break,” Thomas says, also telling Jennings she needs to pray for help. “You don’t have to feel like you’re being forced to take the child back.”

Jennings still refused to give details about her son, becoming defensive when talking about caring for him and saying she had known the people with whom she left him for a long time.

“It’s very frustrating,” said Jennings, referring to pressure she felt from her mother. “All eyes are on me. … I know why I’m here, and I don’t care what she has to say about it.”

Jennings, 23, is on trial for unlawful conduct toward a child. Her son, Amir, was 18 months old when he was last seen around Thanksgiving. Jen­nings has said her son is safe but won’t say where he is.

Earlier Tuesday, prosecutors began laying out their case against Jennings. In an opening statement, Assis­tant Solicitor Dolly Justice Gar­field said Amir is the crux of the case.

Defense attorney Hem…………… continues on The Augusta Chronicle

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Laptop-shooting father fights off fame and police

Posted by on Tuesday, 14 February, 2012

Laptop-shooting father fights off fame and police
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Dad shoots whining daughter’s laptop

A US father puts a volley of bullets into his daughter’s laptop after she complains about housework.

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French practice parenting style that Americans have forgotten
News from Gaston Gazette:

February 13, 2012 7:52 PM

Last year, a Chinese-American Tiger Mother told American parents how to raise children who will make straight A’s and play Carnegie Hall before they reach puberty. This year, the French are showing us how to raise children who will obey, throw few if any tantrums and sit quietly in restaurants, listening while adults talk about adult things. Viv? la France!

In a nutshell, French parents do such “revolutionary” things as establish early boundaries between themselves and their children, teach them proper manners, expect them to entertain themselves, make it perfectly clear that they are not to interrupt adult conversations and set clear limits. In addition, they are not reluctant to deny their children’s requests, and when they correct their kids, they speak with conviction.

I conclude that my parents were French. All my friends’ parents were French as well, it seems.

Pamela Druckerman, the author of “Bringing Up Bebe,” one of the year’s most talked-about books (to date), is too young to realize that her description of French parenting is also a description of the manner in which American children were raised prior to the psychological parenting revol…………… continues on Gaston Gazette

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