Free Range Kids — Parental Neglect Or Government Overreach?

A Maryland couple raising “free range kids” has come under fire for the second time since December for child neglect. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv simply believe that their kids, ages 6 and 10, can be trusted to have the freedom to play outdoors as they did as kids. Apparently, those at Child Protective Services do not agree. So, who is right in this situation? Is it a case of parental neglect, or is the government overstepping its bounds?

“We are shocked and outraged that we have been deemed negligent for granting our children the simple freedom to play outdoors.”

According to CNN, the Meitivs, who refer to their parenting style as raising “free range kids”, were originally charged with child neglect for allowing their kids to walk home together from a park approximately a mile away from home. The charges were found to be unsubstantiated, meaning there is not enough evidence regarding the allegation.

Refusing to bow down to the pressure of CPS, Danielle and Alexander apparently continued to allow their kids to enjoy a free range lifestyle. This time, the Meitiv kids were playing at a park about two-and-a-half blocks from home, when they were picked up by police and turned over to Child Protective Services.