What would a “free range parenting” law mean for SC children? By January 30, 2019 03:41 PM SC state Sen. Wes Climer, R-York, talks about his "free range parenting bill," which would allow kids to go to parks and be alone at home or in a car without a parent or guardian, so long as they're of sufficient age and maturity. … [Read more...] about What would a “free range parenting” law mean for SC children?
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(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) David Pimentel, University of Idaho (THE CONVERSATION) Americans have long debated what constitutes good parenting. In 1928, John B. Watson advised parents to “never hug or kiss” their children. In 1946, Benjamin Spock urged parents to trust their instincts. A recent trend in this ongoing debate has focused on safety, favoring highly protective parenting. This new norm calls for constant supervision, driven in large part by fears of abduction, but also reflects a priority to protect children from any potential harm. Advocates of so-called free-range parenting have pushed back. They insist that overprotection does more harm than good, and that excessive hovering inhibits children’s development in a number of ways. The arguments in favor of free-range parenting are compelling, particularly because the dangers and fears driving more protective parenting … [Read more...] about Free-range parenting gets legal protection in Utah – but should the state dictate how to parent?
When Melissa Butler sends 9-year-old Guy and 7-year-old Sammi off to school, they walk alone. "Ultimately I decided my parenting decisions are not going to be based on fear," said Butler. She's no longer concerned because Utah's "free-range parenting" law prevents parents from being prosecuted for allowing kids to roam on their own. "Nobody wants to see a kid abducted, but everybody wants a kid to be a kid so how do we find that balance," said Utah state Rep. Brad Daw What is free-range parenting? The idea can be traced back to something former New York Daily News columnist Lenore Skenazy wrote a decade ago. She let her then 9-year-old son ride the New York City subway, and got labeled as "America's worst mom." "If you're neglecting a child, that's awful. You will be prosecuted. If you're trusting your child and you taught them to cross the street and look both ways and not go off with strangers, you're an old-fashioned parent, and that's not against the law," Skenazy says … [Read more...] about Utah’s “free-range parenting” law gives kids more freedom to roam
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Starting Tuesday, restaurants across Utah can begin taking down state-mandated signs saying they aren't bars. Parents can be protected if they let their children roam freely. And farmers can begin to eye the prospect of legally growing marijuana for a narrow range of purposes.Most of the more than 500 laws passed by the state's Legislature this year go into effect 60 days after the end of the short legislative session.The laws are wide-ranging. Some add new protections for runaway teens and people with dangerous partners. Another transforms the state's transit agency.Here are some of the most notable new laws that go into effect Tuesday:——FREE-RANGE PARENTINGFor the first time in the country, Utah lawmakers this year passed a measure explicitly saying that parents aren't breaking the law if their kids travel alone to school, the playground or do other activities by themselves, as long as they're mature enough to handle it. The law doesn't specify … [Read more...] about Free-range parenting law among hundreds taking effect
1 of 3 View 3 Items Lee Benson State Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan. Related Links Free-range parenting law eyed around US after Utah gets buzz Utah is about to become the first state with a free-range parenting law; what does it mean for you? In our opinion: Utah's 'free-range parenting' law reinforces the value of family in the community SALT LAKE CITY — When he was 12 years old, Lincoln Fillmore hopped in the driver’s seat of a four-wheeler a bunch of friends were messing around with in a vacant lot in his Taylorsville neighborhood and “drove the stupid thing into a concrete wall,” breaking his arm. He’s not glad that happened. But he wouldn’t go back and change it, even if he could. “You have to have skinned knees to know how not to have skinned knees,” he says — or, in his case, a broken arm. Meet the man who wrote the law that woke up the nation. Bigger, fatter, more … [Read more...] about About Utah: Meet the author of Utah’s free-range parenting bill