The free range parenting debate continues to be a provocative parenting topic this week. There’s no shortage of parents and pundits weighing in subject, especially since it has been widely reported that Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have had another run-in with the law. Back in December the couple was investigated for neglect after they let their 6- and 10-year-old children walk home from a park alone. More recently, the couple dropped their kids off at a park at 4PM and told them to return home at 6PM. A passerby reported the unattended children and the children were taken into custody.
But despite whether the Meitivs are negligent parents or are giving their kids a healthy amount of freedom, the truth is that kids live in a much smaller radius when unattended. Many of us parents were allowed to roam around on neighborhood unattended as kids. The result is that kids now spend far more time inside that they once did, and the result of that is a spike in childhood obesity.
Here’s a well-written and balanced article on the free range parenting debate.
So just how old can kids be legally left at home on their own? Depends on where you live. Here’s an article that breaks it down, state by state.
To be continued!