what is a free range parent you may ask. Well the version that I use is my kids who seven and three can play out side without supervision, they need to stay with in voice range. My kids can play by themselves without adult interference and do not have to ask food out of the frig.They are expected to bathe themselves without to much help.I do help them with dressing because they are 7 and 3 and my 7 year old has high functional Autism and my three year old is still learning to button. We use sparsely use smacking if they act up. It has been very good reason. we don't smack if they use bad words. they will put themselves in their rooms because they know they used words we don't used.
When my kids play at the park, i will walk around the enclosure to get exercise, I do not fight my kids battles if they are having problems with other kids at the park. That does not mean I will not help out if they have problems at school with other kids but I expect them to work it out on their own by asking a teacher or the principal. I step in if the school will not listen to them. I do not help with my seven year old home work. I will lay out the items she needs but she must to the work, if she complains and does not do it. she must explain to her teacher and deal with the consequences of not doing her work.
edits; sorry it has taking a while. i was sick and just found out an old friends of my passed away on Saturday
no i am not afraid that some one will take my kids when they play at the park while i walk around the enclosure. the world has not change that much, it is media that reports child abductions more, and that causes parents unnecessary fear and worry. yes basically my husband and I are using old style parenting techniques. Many other parents are really shock how independent my kids are, this because we do not do every little thing for them.
on Mar. 15, 2013 at 8:59 AM