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20 Signs You're a Free Range Parent

Posted by on Aug. 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM
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20 Signs You're a Free Range Parent

by Judy Dutton

I first realized I might be a free-range parent when I lost my kid at the playground -- don't worry, it was just for five seconds -- then found her at the tippy top of the jungle gym, grinning, while other kids' mothers hovered nearby saying "Jimmy, be careful." As with any parenting strategy, free-range parenting may have its flaws and catch some flack, but I think it sure beats helicoptering any day!

In case you're curious where you stand on the free-range scale, check these clues below and see if they ring a bell. If so, you're free-range all the way!

1. The word "playdate" makes you break out in hives.

2. You have to calm down other parents and say "he's okay" when your kid falls down.

3. Your kids can walk around barefoot or play in the mud, and that's okay.

4. Your child will NEVER have a cellphone.

5. You have never considered microchipping your kid ... or even your dog for that matter.

6. You have to go outside to find your kids for dinner, and you don't flip if they're five minutes late.

7. A friends of yours comes over and asks, "So, where are your kids?"

8. Your kids know more of your neighbors than you do.

9. When your kids are fighting, you and your spouse make bets on which one will win.

10. The mention of joining the PTA makes you nauseated.

11. Your kids are covered head to toe in bruises and scrapes, but you have no idea where they came from, nor do you really care.

12. The older kids can help you shop by grabbing the one item you need out of a crowded aisle and meet you at the end of the next.

13. You can say "I'm going to take a shower," and then actually go take a shower, even if the kids are awake. Maybe even spend the extra time shaving your legs and doing your makeup without feeling like you have to check on them that second.

14. Your kid sees you making a sandwich and says she wants one too, and your reply is to hand her the knife and say, "Knock yourself out."

15. You send your boy into the men's room at the store instead of making your preteen weird everybody out in the women's room and have zero concern or guilt about doing so.

16. You're excited -- as opposed to terrified -- the first time your little kid climbs a tree.

17. Your children don't ask for snacks. There is no kid shelf. There are no pre-portioned baggies of chopped fruit or veggies. Your kids know when they're hungry, and if the food is there, they can eat it.

18. You want to back-hand the parents who talk about how anti-contact sports they are.

19. Your kids can use the first-aid kit themselves, and you don't even know they're injured 'til you follow the blood trail to the Band-Aid debris.

20. The kids don't eat dinner until 9 at night and only because it got too dark to stay outside.

How do you know you're a free-range parent?

by on Aug. 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM
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SlightlyPerfect
by Bronze Member on Aug. 8, 2014 at 9:41 AM
OMG. According to this, I'm more of a free-range parent than I thought! That's crazy.
Janet
by Ruby Member on Aug. 8, 2014 at 9:49 AM

 I'm in-between I would guess.

Bresmom13
by Member on Aug. 8, 2014 at 11:56 AM

 Yup im a free-range parent, except the cell phone its 2000. If they dont have a cell phone they have an ipod.

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by on Aug. 8, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Me too.

Quoting Janet:

 I'm in-between I would guess.


MusherMaggie
by Bronze Member on Aug. 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM
It fits! My.kids didn't have cell phones until they were out of high school. One of my favorite memories is watching my three year old son walk across the top of the monkey bars while all the other parents were having heart attacks...
momofnatalie
by Silver Member on Aug. 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM
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I see a lot of free range parents at the park, they are on their cell phones instead of keeping an eye on their kid.  One time, a mom was so busy texting, she looked up and her kid was all the way across the park, heading out of the park.  She looked and started screaming at her daughter to come back, she was 6.  I let my children fall and get back up again without a fuss because if I make a big deal they will cry for a long time.  If I don't say anything they will get back up and go unless they are seriously hurt.  So I think I am an in between parent. 

ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Aug. 8, 2014 at 10:28 PM
Not at all! I am helicopter mom and happy that way!!
SarahSuzyQ
by Bronze Member on Aug. 8, 2014 at 10:35 PM
Eh. Some of these things jive with my parenting philosophy and some don't.
kmqw229
by Bronze Member on Aug. 8, 2014 at 11:58 PM
Me too

Quoting Janet:

 I'm in-between I would guess.

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almburr
by Member on Aug. 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Those are not Freerange parents those are lazy parents. Freerange encourage exploration and still watch.

Quoting momofnatalie:

I see a lot of free range parents at the park, they are on their cell phones instead of keeping an eye on their kid.  One time, a mom was so busy texting, she looked up and her kid was all the way across the park, heading out of the park.  She looked and started screaming at her daughter to come back, she was 6.  I let my children fall and get back up again without a fuss because if I make a big deal they will cry for a long time.  If I don't say anything they will get back up and go unless they are seriously hurt.  So I think I am an in between parent. 

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