So here I am on Tuesday's Good Morning America (video below), a show that is clearly conflicted.
On the one hand, the caption to the piece reads: "New Law Legalizes Free-Range Parenting. Utah bill aims to help parents raise self-sufficient kids." On the other hand, the host introducing the story says the bill is "already facing backlash with some critics saying it could put children's safety at risk."
As could driving them to the store. As could letting them eat solid food.
But anyway, we all know TV uses fear to get attention.
So the video is great. (Except for "It's the controversial parenting method...") But in the studio chat after explaining the bill, the psychologist calls Free-Range Parenting "extreme."
Because somehow it's so extreme to let your kids walk to the bus stop in this era with the lowest crime rate in 50 years.
The host admits she walks her 12-year-old daughter four blocks to the bus stop, but allows the girl to walk home alone.
If I were the shrink, I'd point out that clearly, then, she DOES think her child is capable. So accompanying her child in the morning can be a fun time to walk and talk together, but it isn't necessary for safety.
Instead, the psychologist actually states that "some" 12-year-olds are ready to walk to the bus stop and some aren't. (Really???) What he should have said, it seems, is that some PARENTS are ready to let their 12-year-olds walk to the bus stop and some aren't.
And that is what Let Grow believes: There is no precise age that you MUST let your kids doing things on their own. But when you DO feel ready, you know and love your kids more than any busybody calling 911. So you should not have to worry about being second guessed by them or the authorities.
Utah has made that "controversial" idea -- allowing parents to give their kids some freedom without fearing arrest -- into law.
Only 49 states to go.