These days, being a parent seems so much more complicated than previous generations. With so many parenting styles and trends making headlines, it's hard to know which ones are right for you and your family. One of the most talked about trends is called "free-range" parenting, which refers to parenting with the intention to foster independence in children. If you're thinking about trying this parenting philosophy or are just looking for some new tricks, there are a few free-range parenting techniques you should have in your back pocket.
The mother who most famously coined the term apparently did so by allowing her child to navigate the New York City subway system on his own at the ripe age of 9. If you think that sounds extreme, you're not alone. The free-range parenting movement has gotten lots of backlash from the media. But it turns out, there some concepts to this new and untraditional parenting style that everyone can get behind. You may have even used some of these techniques without realizing.
When some parents hear about free-range parenting, they think about knife-wielding kindergarteners running amuck through the woods on their own (true story in Denmark). But, according to an article from Very Well Family, "free-range" parenting isn't about being negligent or overly permissive. I checked in with parenting coach and author of the book Family Centered Parenting, Dr. Richard Horowitz, and clinical psychologist, family therapist, and author of the book Being the Grownup: Love, Limits, and the Natural Authority of Parenthood, Dr. Adelia Moore, to see if there were some beneficial concepts to this parenting style.
Dr. Moore describes free-range parenting as "a [parenting] philosophy which encourages children's age-appropriate independence, especially in relation to being free of parent supervision in their neighborhoods and communities." Sounds pretty cool, right? Let's see if some of these philosophies are right for your family.