Over in the US, new laws have come into action protecting those parents who allow their kids to do things on their lonesome. What a world.
There are two schools of parenting. Either you lock them in a cupboard underneath the stairs until they go to Hogwarts, or you let them run wild.
On the far side of the latter point, the American construct of ‘free-range’ parenting is taking root. You may be vaguely familiar with the idea, as there as has been notable push-back to it. Back in 2015, two parents were charged with child neglect for letting their two children (aged ten and six) walk home from a park by themselves.
However, one piece of legal nonsense should beget one that fixes it, as Utah lawmakers have just signed a bill to protect those children who are trusted to do their own thing. The so-called “free-range kids” bill is believed to be the first of its kind in the US, redefining what constitutes as neglect, and hopefully brings America closer to the light of logic.
According to the new bill, “neglect” no longer includes:
(iv) permitting a child, whose basic needs are met and who is of sufficient age and maturity to avoid harm or unreasonable risk of harm, to engage in independent activities, including:
(A) traveling to and from school, including by walking, running, or bicycling;
(B) traveling to and from nearby commercial or recreational facilities;
(C) engaging in outdoor play;
(D) remaining in a vehicle unattended, except under the conditions described in Subsection 76-10-2202(2);
(E) remaining at home unattended; or
(F) engaging in a similar independent activity.
I feel you. Having to legally define common sense, makes no sense. Nevertheless, this seemingly is the world we live in.
Young hearts, run free.