“Free-Range Parents” Inspire Petitions, Protests

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When Montgomery County family the Meitivs tangled with Child Protective Services again for allowing their 10- and 6-year-old children walk home unsupervised from a Silver Spring park, it struck a chord with parents around the country.

The Washington Post reports that at least one Facebook community page and at least two online petitions have sprung up to defend the Meitivs “free-range” approach to parenting.

Empower Kids Maryland is planning a protest day, when parents would leave their children at Ellsworth Park, where the Meitiv kids were playing before they walked home Sunday.

And the conversation surrounding government interference in parenting decisions is going beyond Maryland. The Facebook community page “I  Stand with the Meitivs against CPS” was created by a Utah parent who sympathized with the Meitivs.

Of course, there’s also a lot of outrage at the Meitivs, either for their “free-range” approach or for putting their children in the spotlight as they wage a public battle with CPS.



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