“Parents have made news recently after being detained for purposefully leaving children on their own, prompting renewed debate about so-called “free-range parenting.”
That includes Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, a Silver Spring, Md., couple who are being investigated after they let their children, ages 10 and 6, walk home from a park last month by themselves.
Moms and dads who practice this parenting style say it promotes independent, even fearless kids. But what is considered free-range by some can look like neglect to others. As for what’s against the law, child welfare experts say there’s no easy answer…”