Free Range Parenting: Let kids walk home from school alone
It wasn't that any real tragedy befell the kids, mind you. But they were picked up by police for being unattended. Now, Daniellle and her husband Alexander Meitiv are under investigation for negligence.
The case of the Meitiv family has certainly struck a chord in parenting circles. Similar cases, like a South Carolina woman who was arrested last summer for leaving her 9-year-old alone in the park while she went to work, have raised similar questions about whether we're in danger of being overprotective of children today.
Lenore Skenazy coined the term "free range" when it comes to kids and parenting. She's the author of Free Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children Without Going Nuts With Worry. We reached her in New York
We continued the discussion with a parenting panel:
- Jen Pinarski is a Blogger with Today's Parent Magazine. Her kids are 4 and 8 years old. We reached her in Stone Mills, Ontario.
- Rebecca Cuneo Keenan is the creator of the blog PlaygroundConfidential.com Her three kids are 8, 6 and 3 years old. She joined us in Toronto.
- Julie Freedman Smith is the co-Founder of Parenting Power, a Calgary-based parent education company - her kids are 11 and 15. She joined us from Calgary.
We want to hear from you. Are you more of a helicopter parent, or a free-range parent? Would you let your children walk home from the park alone?
This segment was produced by The Current's Julian Uzielli.