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Mitch Albom: Free-range children vs. close-minded parenting


http://www.freep.com/story/sports/columnists/mitch-albom/2015/04/18/free-range-children-close-minded-parenting/25992403/Parents all over the country are being arrested for letting their kids walk and play unsupervised.

Forget about the “free-range parenting” thing.

It was no joke, however, when a 10-year-old boy and his 6-year-old sister were picked up by Maryland police after a 911 call, held for 51/2 hours before their parents could see them, and finally released under a signed paper and a threat of future government action.

That call led to police, a pickup, Child Protective Services and a national news story. There is now also a threatened lawsuit by the kids’ parents, Danielle and Sasha Meitiv, who dare to think letting your children explore the world outside is important. Critics call them wacky, dangerous and irresponsible enough to lose their kids. Read more…