Well how about "free range children"? I've been raising my kids as free range children for years, now it becomes trendy.
The free-range child
No flash cards. No swimming lessons at three months. No hand-holding. Just a whole lot of unstructured time. A growing number of parents are espousing a radical philosophy: It's time our children got some life skills by actually living
Finally, common sense returns! I didn't know I was trendy. I hope this trend lasts. It's a healthy, family saving idea.
Cleone Grasham's days of shuttling her three daughters hither and yon to sports, choir and other organized activities are over.
The Toronto mother has scaled it back to one gymnastics class for one of her kids – and that's it.
“It was wearing on everybody,” says Ms. Grasham of her family's once-packed schedule.
“Everything was late and dinner was always rushed, and by the end of the day no one seemed to have done as much as they had wanted to do.”
For one thing, school offerings such as plays and community service projects already keep her kids, 6, 10 and 11, busy.
But with her own fond childhood recollections of simply playing soccer in the park until calls of “Dinner!” summoned her home, Ms. Grasham is actively embracing a gleefully retro rethink of the condition of the modern child.
If my boys ask to get involved in an activity, we will support their choice, as long as they want to do it, but they go in with the understanding that they must finish what they start. This makes them think carefully about how they want to spend their free time. No fast food suppers in this house, except pizza on Fridays. If my boys want me to make potato salad or perogies, they have to help, if they want to eat it. Glad to see some other parent's are catching the common sense bug.
On the one hand, he says, we're pushing kids to achieve academically and rack up life skills to prepare them for a competitive world. On the other, we're holding them back by not allowing them freedom – to walk to school, to stay home alone – that previous generations enjoyed. With a growing swell of parenting experts to feed each impulse, parents can easily forget that childrearing is hardwired into them.
That's the problem, all those so called "experts" probably don't even have children of their own, or if they do, they use them as guinea pigs for their books. This just shows the Conservatives $100 a month universal childcare plan, that gives parents a choice, was the right plan for families. Imagine, parents as the "parenting experts" and not some lefty socialist "expert".
So, free range children? I'm all for it!