‘Free Range’ parenting, an alternative to ‘Helicopter’ parenting is what these parents claim they were doing. Is this normal to do today? A couple generations ago this was the norm. 

Daily Mail – The Maryland mother and father under investigation for letting their two young children walk a mile home from the park alone have been found responsible for ‘unsubstantiated’ child neglect.

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, who believe in a so-called ‘free-range’ approach to parenting, were thrust into the national spotlight just before Christmas when police found Rafi, 10 and Dvora, six, wandering the sidewalk on their own.

The decision by Child Protective Services means that the CPS will keep a file on the Meitiv’s open for at least five years but Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have said they will continue to bring up their own children as they see fit – whatever the consequences.

Unsubstantiated child neglect is not a criminal charge, but is in most cases a prelude to them.

It usually comes when the CPS has deemed parents to have neglected their children, but has insufficient information or witnesses to press charges or take action.

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