The 'Free Range Parenting' Debate

The hands-off approach to raising children has its supporters.
1:49 | 05/26/15

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Daniel Alexander may teetered Marilyn started national debate on parenting. The so called free range parent investigated and their crying. Letting their time in six year old children walk a mile home from a park without adult supervision the team's practice what's known as free range parenting. They give there children what they say is space to play discover. And Rome they believe that this is the right way to raise their children at this playground in silver spring Maryland parents came out their young children to show your company tease. You know parents of the best sense of what their children are ready to do are not ready to do and apparently spoke to say they're not doing anything radical by letting their kids play outside unsupervised or roam free in their neighborhoods. They say they did it when they were kids then it's just part of growing up. And Russell Max Simon organized playground then he big problem is that kids today are hardly ever by themselves. Spare almost who is. Since I'm trend toll supervised activity Leonard school or after care. Critics of the free range movement say what these parents are at the Keating is flat out. Irresponsible. At ten year old should never be in charge of the six Euro worry about your children is part of being a parent but experts say the data shows it's a very safe time to be child. The free range is a right. Crime is down in serious stranger abductions are relatively rare often Jennifer senior says religion age ear rational parenting. I think we assign a much higher value to our kids right now because we're having them later. And we're having fewer of them can't say that ultimately they should be the ones to decide how to raise their children. And whether that's letting them run free keeping them close to home. It's a family matter Karen Travis ABC news silver spring narrow.

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