Kudos to Adam Bulger at Fatherly for interviewing six Free-Range dads about how they approach the summer -- and giving their kids more independence. One is below, but enjoy the other five (and some quotes from us!) here.
Tulsa, Oklahoma father of three and musician James Robert Webb spent his childhood on a 10-acre farm and was inclined to give his kids freedoms similar to the ones he enjoyed growing up. As he had more kids and his oldest became a teenager, he found himself more comfortable with letting his younger kids, now 11 and 8, wander the property away from his watchful eye.
Webb found that his confidence as a parent grew with practice. And with that came a new perspective on his goals as a dad.
“When we grew up versus now it seems like parents are always hovering,” he says. “Sometimes they tend to smother a little bit more. And maybe this is selective recall or something, but it seems like our parents weren’t as involved as we are. Maybe that’s because we were kids and noticing things, but seems like now just like everybody’s so super obsessed about trying to do everything right as parents and try and be a perfectionist.”
He added: “You think you think that by being involved with it’s always the best thing, but if you don’t give them room to learn on their own, and put things together on their own and, and get out of problems, situations, and things on their own than then you’re not helping them become independent.”
And how about you? What new freedom, if any, are you giving your kids this summer, and how's it going?