It was a crisp evening in India and I was eager to show my mom at age 10 that I could be independent and walk alone on the street. This was many many years ago. I would keep asking my mother to give me a chance to get something for her from the grocery store.

She finally agreed and my first assignment was to go to the local bakery and get some bread. FINALLY! My mother thought I was responsible enough to walk on my own alone.

Being the youngest of three kids, my mom would  send us to buy groceries in pairs or get chores done.

In Japan it is a norm to send kids as young as 5 and 6 to school. Why not in the USA?

Enter free range parenting. According to Freerangekids.com, the goal of the site is “Fighting the belief that our children are in constant danger from creeps, kidnapping, germs, grades, flashers, frustration, failure, baby snatchers, bugs, bullies, men, sleepovers and/or the perils of a non-organic grape. ”

AKA

The opposite of helicopter parenting.

Being a mom, I must admit I am not too fond of letting my child out of my site out of fear that there are dangers lurking around the corner. What if? Hmm What if ? and there are 1000 scenarios that run across my ever so conspiring mind.

But then we don’t really live in a “Kid Friendly” neighborhood.

Utah’s governor past a law last week, The law, which reflects a movement known as free-range parenting, goes into effect on May 8 and is the first of its kind in the nation. But its backers say lawmakers in several other states are considering introducing similar bills.

I guess we need a law for what was considered back in the 50’s,60’s,70’s and 80’s as common sense. All sarcasm aside

According to the law, you can’t just call authorities if you see a child playing alone in the park. It frees up authorities from investigating these nuisance calls while allowing them to focus on children who are actually being neglected.

What happens next in terms of implementing the law in other states is worth watching.

I know for sure I won’t be landing my helicopter any time soon, until I can find a neighborhood that is safe for the little one to walk and play in.

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