Occasionally, the subject of free range kids comes up with friends. Should we allow our children to go alone beyond our “safe zone” aka: yard, when this doesn’t seem to be a popular trend? Our area of play was much larger when we were kids. I remember exploring the large back field behind my house when I was 6 years old and my mother was not watching us. I also had older brothers, so she might have expected them to watch over me.
How far would you let your 5 year old roam from your house? Do you allow them to leave the yard? Go beyond the block? At what age do we allow them to go further? When does their world get bigger?
Living in Fernie, there doesn’t appear to be much danger…other than the distracted drivers, startled bears and fast flowing rivers.
One family I know in Fernie who allows their children a lot of freedom, very few boundaries, they’ seem to be fine. The children are a bit older than mine but I love the idea of free range kids…it’s just a bit hard to let go and know when they’re ready.