How Much Freedom Should We Give Our Children?

How Much Freedom Should We Give Our Children?

If you are a parent, open doors to unknown directions to the child so he can explore. Don’t make him afraid of the unknown,give him support. ”
― Osho

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about how much freedom do we allow our children to have. Are they allowed to stay home alone? Walk to the park alone? Climb to the very top of the jungle gym? Ride their bike to their friend’s house? There is even a name for parents advocating for more freedom for children – the free range movement.

I get both sides. I understand that we need to protect our children. But I also know that we need to give our children some freedom to explore the world and not be afraid. So I suppose that there needs to be a middle ground somewhere. How, as parents, do we know where that is??

I would love to give you an answer but I can’t. I can’t because I don’t know you or know your children. The only one who can decide when their children are ready for something, is you. Tough call, I know.

I would suggest though that you take the advice of the writer of our quote today, and open the doors and let your children explore. I am not suggesting that you open your front door, shove them out and then slam the door. I am suggesting that you support them in their exploration of the unknown. That you support their innate curiosity by encouraging them to take chances, to investigate, to fail, to succeed, to have fun and to discover this great big wonderful world. With you by their side they will never be afraid and just think of all that they will learn!

Have some fun today!

peggy

 

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