Free Range Parenting vs. Government Overreach

Children Playing At Park, Free Range Parenting

Should the government be scooping up our children who are playing alone at a park? Free range parenting advocates say children need their independence. And if those parents are comfortable letting their children play alone at the park and walk home, who are we to say they can’t?

I played alone at the end of the street. I wandered through the woods at the end of the block and played in the sewer after heavy rains catching crawdads. Was that the safest thing to do? No. Did I die. No.

Sure, we live in a different world than those of us who grew up 30 years ago. But shouldn’t the choice be up to the parent as to how they raise their child? It’s not as if they’re allowing them to juggle knives or play with explosives. They’re walking home from the neighborhood park.

So how much is too much government overreach? I’d say it’s right about the time when the government agency makes you sign a paper saying you won’t leave your children unsupervised.

H/T USA Today

Photo credit Pamela V. White

Tammy Messina

Tammy Messina

Christ following, wife, mother, grandmother, and small business owner with passions for holistic wellness, gardening, raising critters, and preserving our Constitutional liberties especially free speech, religious freedom, and the 2nd Amendment. God gave me the most wonderful husband, who I love dearly and am grateful to have the opportunity to work with every day as his Producer in this Real Side venture. When you see my posts, they are truly mine. So please don't hold him accountable for what I write. Contrary to what some say, I'm not a Stepford wife. I have my own opinions and am willing to share some of them here.

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