Daily Pat Political Point–“Free Range Parenting” Laws Protect Kids From Ourselves–May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

The Daily Pat Political Point. Utah passes first “free range” parenting law in the country. This movement is the first step in protecting kids from those adults who live in constant fear of each other.

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In Utah, free range parenting is now legal.

Parents now have the right to let their kids ride their bikes without them, and not have to fear about authorities charging them with “child neglect.”

Several other states, including blue New York and red Texas, are considering taking similar measures.

Supporters of free-range parenting argue that parents should be the ones to decide what’s best for their kids. If a parent thinks their eight-year old can safely walk to school, then so be it. Or, if a parent believes they’d rather drive their kids to school, then so be it.

This is great news, and a much-needed shift from the Baby Boomer helicopter parenting of 80’s and 90’s.

But how did we get here?

I ask this questions because a recent Brookings Institute study revealed that child services are more likely to be called on poor or minority parents.

Certain circumstances forced by governmental policies force parents to put trust in their kids on a daily basis.

So-called welfare “reform” bills have forced parents to be away from their kids.

These “reforms,” left millions of parents stuck in lose-lose situations: Don’t work and lose your kids, or work and still possibly lose your kids.

Let’s hope the free-range parenting movement helps remove the stigma attached to those parents.

We can also blame the constant drumbeat of fear for discouraging free-range parenting through the years.

We’re taught to fear, distrust, and to despise one another.

We’re taught to disparage those with different ideas, beliefs, and values.

We’re conditioned to shoot first, and talk second.

Essentially, our irrational fear has driven us to be suspicious of certain parents who we believe aren’t up to the job.

It’s great that Utah took valid steps to let kids be kids again, and to let parents be parents again.

Let’s hope the rest of the country embraces this new path rather than embracing the old tactics of fearing each other.

Do it…for the children.

pat@wsgw.com

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