Free-Range Kids

How to Free-Range Your Kids (And Not Get Arrested)

Flood the streets with kids.

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How do we fight back against cops and child protection workers who think parents that let their kids walk outside are negligent?

By flooding the streets with kids.

Busybodies who dial 911 the instant they see an unsupervised child are not going to do that when they pass a park filled with 15 kids. (Well, most aren't.)  And when masses of moppets take to the sidewalks after school, no one is going to call the cops to report, "Tons of children are walking home!"

But how do we get to that point? Today, only about 13 percent of children walk to school. One report I read found that only 6 percent of kids 9-13 play outside on their own. Part of the problem is that parents are scared of predators. But compounding that problem is the fear of the police. The Meitiv family in Maryland faced that fear firsthand when they were investigated for letting their kids, 10 and 6, walk a mile home alone.

But you know what Danielle Meitiv wrote to me, just after CPS declared her and her husband "responsible for unsubstantiated neglect"?

"Allowing kids to be Free-Range is critical for their development. We will continue to let our kids roam. Thankfully, CPS harassment like this is NOT common. The best way to make sure it doesn't happen is to make Free-Ranging as common as it was when we were kids."

If you're ready to give it a try would like a little push, watch this video. Then, do what I do help this nervous family do: Give your kids one little errand that they feel they are ready for that you haven't let them do yet.

Once.

That is literally all it takes. Once your kids come home, proud and happy, your fears will be replaced by pride. You'll feel happier on all fronts except one: You will be even more outraged on the Meitivs' behalf.

This country does not belong to the busybodies and cops. Let's drive them crazy by flooding the streets, sidewalks, parks, and playgrounds with the people who belong there.

Our kids.

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  1. And this doesn’t involve ferrets, racist SAE college punks, ethanol or nihilists, right?

    OK, I’ll give it a try…..

    Thanks, Lenore!

    1. Society of Automotive Engineers?

      1. Sodomy, Amigos and Erve.

        1. That is funny. Well done!

  2. One report I read found that only 6 percent of kids 9-13 play outside on their own.

    Jesus…

    Part of the problem is that parents are scared of predators. But compounding that problem is the fear of the police.

    The State is the ultimate predator.

    1. Well, ferrets are technically predators…

      1. But nihilists? Je-zus. Say what you will SAE racists but at least they have a freakin’ ethos!

  3. I’m sure you realize this, LS, but the problem is being the first person to do that and risk arrest, CPS watchlisting, etc. Also, the second, third, fourth, etc.

  4. the left are all for free range chickens but want children caged by government overreach.

    1. [Golf clap]

      But it’s not just leftists who like cage free…

    2. Statists are full of paradox, by definition. But this is a good one.

  5. Living out in the middle of the sticks is also a good way to give your kids some freedom to explore on their own.

    1. It does depend a lot on where you live.

      1. I live in Orlando and kids run all over my neighborhood in the summer. Usually they are in a group, but I don’t think it is for security reasons. I even saw them climbing an oak tree and nobody bother them.

    2. NO. You don’t want to do that. You city folk won’t like the sticks.

    3. Speaking of living in the sticks…my kids have solo ride ATVs since about 10. At 12 they rode with rifles or shotguns. My oldest now tells me stories of some of the reckless shit he pulled when I wasn’t around. I tell him stories about the shit I pulled when I was away from my parents at that age.

      That is simply part of growing up.

      1. At 12 they rode with rifles or shotguns.

        In the PA sticks, that’s illegal regardless of age.

  6. Move out of Maryland

    1. Take a drive through West Baltimore some time…there are free range kids everywhere.

      1. I used to work in Pigtown. Right near the homeless village by the Wash Blvd I-95 exit. Free range hookers there as well.

  7. One report I read found that only 6 percent of kids 9-13 play outside on their own.

    Please define “on their own”. Is it “alone”? “Without prodding”?

    In any event, that is one sorry statistic.

    1. I think it means “not in an organized and controlled setting subject to detailed micromanagement by brain-damaged helicopter parents.”

      1. “You’ll go to that play date, or there’ll be a time out, Buddy.”

  8. And when masses of moppets take to the sidewalks after school, no one is going to call the cops to report, “Tons of children are walking home!”

    Especially if they’re masses of these guys.

  9. Happily this is an American phenomenon, or, least, not a universal sickness:

    Sitting at a waterside table on a European island, Mom, Dad and the older kids got up from lunch and went out to enjoy the beach, leaving the baby sleeping soundly in his stroller. No one freeked out. Eventually, the kid woke up, called for Mama, and a woman nearby rocked the cradle until Mom came back up and smiled.

    Nothing happened

    No one died

    No one was hauled away

    What a nice day!

    1. A dingo didn’t eat the baby?

      1. Nor did the dirty old man sitting next to him.

  10. Totally agree with the article with 1 caveat – kids need to ultra-understand the dangers of traffic signals.

    The best way to kill a person (kid or adult) and avoid responsibility is with a car. Car drivers just have to say “I didn’t see them” to avoid any criminal responsibility.

    Pedestrians and bike riders need to be ultra aware their lives are on the line.

    1. Car drivers just have to say “I didn’t see them” to avoid any criminal responsibility.

      Yeah, no. Negligent homicide is a thing, and you’re ass will go to jail for it.

  11. Lenores arguments are likely among the most controversial in the magazine and cover areas of intense government intervention that are nearly intractable.
    Its anguishing that we live in a state that has successfully crimunalized both childhood and parenthood

    1. criminalized, even. heavens to murgatroid

  12. I’m trying to wrap my head around the concept of Unsubstantiated Neglect. Is it that the state knows the parents were neglectful despite admitting to a total lack of evidence?

  13. MeThinks ***THIS*** here is a PRIME application of robotics! (Robotics being much in vogue these days). Just as a low-brow, low-tech nations can defeat “Star Wars” tech of the Reagan era, by putting up a shit-load of FAKE nuclear weapons into ballistic paths, to saturate the target nation’s high-dollar defenses, so, too, do the real-human parents need to saturate the piggly-wigglies with an army of robotic children walking to the park! If 9 out of 10 “offenders” strolling to the park are actually robotic fake-children, the problem is darn-well near-solved, practically speaking!

    1. I like it.

  14. A friend just informed me that some busybody bag of turds called him and his wife in over their boy wandering down the road a little while out playing. I’m so disappointed in and disgusted by today’s Americans I can’t even find the words… ARGHH!!

  15. Always make sure your kids are with someone else’s kids. The system doesn’t want to deal with multiple families and it’s harder to blow off multiple sets of parents as bad parents.

  16. Busybodies who dial 911 the instant they see an unsupervised child are not going to do that when they pass a park filled with 15 kids. (Well, most aren’t.) And when masses of moppets take to the sidewalks after school, no one is going to call the cops to report, “Tons of children are walking home!”

    The hard part will be getting that mob of kids to actually BEHAVE once they’re out there alone. I live across the street from the local high school, and I sure don’t want a mob of those kids hanging around, thanks just the same, because I know they’ll be up to no good. They always are.

    1. “Get off my lawn”

  17. I’m old enough to remember going to the store by myself to buy my mom a pack of cigarettes when I was 9.

    Nobody cared…

    1. Except your mom when she didn’t get the cigarettes.

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