If South Carolina’s new law passes, it will be the second state to have a free range parenting law. Utah enacted asimilar law last May. The law redefined neglect and said that if a child’s basic needs were met, he or she could “engage in independent activities.”
But the biggest danger is raising a generation of children who believe they are fragile and helpless — and that everyone is out to get them. Scared, helpless children are more likely to grow up into scared, helpless adults. The type of people who want the State to protect them and prop them up. The type of people who don’t believe in individual responsibility.
Half of children worldwide get less than an hour outside each day. That’s less than U.S. prison inmates.
By Jennifer Lade
“It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?” intoned a PSA from the 1960’s.
Today’s version is more like, “It’s 3 p.m. Are you holding your 12-year-old’s hand?” as people have become less tolerant of kids ever being unsupervised by adults.
But maybe, finally, the pendulum is swinging back toward sanity. That’s the case in South Carolina, which is considering a “free-range…
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