Free Range Stapleton Kids Roam One to Two Blocks Without Supervision

free range kidsIt’s no secret that Stapleton is full of over-bearing helicopter parents. In fact, this writer has seen kids on monkey bars wearing safety harnesses. But there is a new wave of parenting moving through Stapleton. It’s called free range parenting. In essence, free range parenting is the idea that we should give our kids the same freedom that our generation had when we were kids. Furthermore, the idea is that it will help build kids’ self-confidence and actually help them mature more quickly. The concept is slowly gaining momentum in Stapleton. “It’s crazy how much we as parents try to control everything our kids do,” says Stapleton free-range parent Kim Shannon. “We try to track where they are going, who they are with, what they are watching, etc. It is ridiculous, so we just decided we were going to start slowly pulling back and give our kids a little more responsibility and room to grow.” Free range parent Matt Seery agrees. “We live in an extremely safe period of time, in an extremely safe neighborhood,” says Seery. “So, all these fears of parents regarding abduction are just absolutely ridiculous. It doesn’t happen. You can’t protect against everything, so give your kids some space.” Both Shannon and Seery say they are starting with small things such as letting their kids go to the park unsupervised. “We live two blocks from the park,” says Seery. “So, we tell the kids they can go over there on their own, and then give them a time to be home by. Our kids don’t have phones, but it gives them the responsibility to be mature and politely ask other adults for the time. It has really worked out well.” Most Stapletonians are not ready to adopt the free-range parenting style. “I think it is crazy,” says Laura Bell. “There are just so many things that can happen, and if we aren’t there, I would just feel terrible. Even small things such as kids at the park not including my kid. Right now, I go over to those kids and tell them to play with my son and to be inclusive. I think that is helpful for everyone involved. But, if I’m not there, what would happen?” Roger Ironside is also afraid to implement this parenting technique. “The more we are around, the more we can control what we want them to be,” says Ironside. “So, I don’t see a benefit to me not watching and judging their every move. I need to be there to correct there mistakes and applaud their positive actions. It’s just the right way to parent.” Free-range parenting is gaining acceptance across the country, but is not expected to make any major headway in Stapleton for the next 30 years. ]]>

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