Me in a Tree

Archive for May, 2010


You’ve probably heard about the New York City mom, controversially advocating more freedom for today’s kids. Lenore Skenazy, former columnist for the New York Sun, with a nationally syndicated column that appears in more than 100 papers through the Creators Syndicate, says that parents need to stop over-protecting their children if they want to raise self-reliant adults. She even suggested a day when we all let our kids (of reasonable ages, of course) go out to play by themselves, coining the action, “Free range Kids.”

For many of us, that’s a scary idea. While we may agree that today’s kids deserve to be able to wander and explore their communities without mom or dad breathing down their necks, we also know that the world is a vastly different place than it once was.

It’s hard to know how much of our fear is rational and how much is just….fear. In our global community, news travels quickly. Every attempted abduction we hear about makes us less likely to encourage our children to learn to navigate our world by themselves.