It's sad 'free-range parenting' has to be legislated, it used to be common sense

It’s good to be reminded now and then that common sense is not completely dead --- on life support maybe, but it still has a heartbeat.

For example, Utah has passed the nation’s first “free-range parenting” law. The law means children in Utah will be allowed to do radical things like play outside unattended, maybe even in a park without their parents.

“Free-range parenting” is a fancy label for the regular parenting that occurred in America for over two centuries, until around the 1990s. That’s when progressives really stepped up their game in telling you how to parent your children. Remember? "It takes a village."

This is how far we’ve come --- we have to pass a law to allow kids to be kids. But at least Utah is officially protecting that right.

Most parents can figure this out without government guidelines.

Under the new law, children may “walk, run or bike to and from school, travel to commercial or recreational facilities, play outside and remain at home unattended,” as long as children’s basic needs are met, and if they’re old enough to “avoid harm or unreasonable risk of harm.” The law does not specify a sufficient child age for this free-range activity, but most parents can figure this out without government guidelines.

In Utah at least, child-welfare agents will not be allowed to take children from their parents if the children are found playing alone at a park, for example. That’s what almost happened to a Maryland couple in 2015 when they were charged with child neglect for letting their ten-year-old son and six-year-old daughter walk home alone from a park where they’d asked their parents to let them play. Child Protective Services opened an investigation on the family, but the parents were cleared of all charges.

A New York City mom coined the phrase “free-range parenting” in 2008. Her nine-year-old son asked her to let him use a map and a metro pass to try riding the subway home by himself. She finally let him one day and she wrote about the experience in her column for the New York Sun. Some called her “America’s worst mom,” but others were glad to finally hear someone speak up in favor of “free-range parenting.”

That Free-Range Mom’s nine-year-old survived his subway adventure and made it home safe and sound. Kids are resilient like that.

Independence, common sense and freedom are pretty great things. Progressives should try those sometime.

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 799,995 (up from 735,135 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 38,735 (up from 34,807 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 169,995 (up from 155,950 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 164,359 Confirmed Cases and 3,173 Deaths, up from 142,746 cases and 2,489 deaths Yesterday
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 63,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 11,591 officially dead)
  • US has 3,173 Dead vs 5,507 Recovered and 3,512 in Critical Condition
  • The US Currently has 155,679 Active Cases of COVID-19, with less than 0.6% of the total US population tested
  • 15% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
The Moment of Trump's Conversion: Dr Anthony Fauci Takes Full Responsibility
  • Dr Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the coronavirus task force, explained on CNN that Trump listened and "got it right away" after being shown new data projecting as many as 3 Million deaths in the US if COVID-19 mitigation policies were lifted.
  • Fauci also said Trump's "first goal is to prevent suffering and death" and this was part of the reason why he knew the COVID-19 guidelines should be extended.
  • "You know, interestingly, we showed him the data, he looked at the data and he got it right away, it was a pretty clear picture," according to Fauci.
  • "Dr. Debbie Birx and I went in together and leaned over his desk and said 'Here is the data, take a look.'
  • Trump reportedly looked at them, understood the implications and he shook his head and said 'I guess we got to do it.'
  • "Medically, this is the right decision, and I stand behind it 100%," Fauci said.
  • "From a public health standpoint, we felt strongly that it would have been the wrong decision to pull back," Fauci said. "I mean, we are scientists, physicians, public health officials. We're not economists. We're sensitive to the idea that the economy could suffer, but weigh that against tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of American lives."
  • " was patently obvious looking at the data that at the end of the day if we try to push back prematurely, not only would we lose lives, but it probably would hurt the economy as well. So you would lose on double accounts. So, to us, there was no question what the right choice was."
Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland Join States Issuing House Arrest Orders
  • Maryland and Virginia became the latest states on Monday to enact "stay-at-home" mandates amid the coronavirus outbreak, except for essential travel for work.
  • Virginia's order is in effect until June 10, making it one of the longest statewide mandates implemented so far.
  • Maryland's penalties for violating its order are among some of the strictest in the country, including a $1000 fine, and up to 30 days jail time for repeat offenders.
  • In total, more than 210 Million Americans now effectively live under some form of House Arrest or Shelter In Place type orders, with another, 50 Million facing travel or shopping/eating restrictions.
  • Only 6 states have not closed schools.