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Tips For Take Our Children to the Park . . . And Leave Them There Day

Ways Helicopter Moms Can Ease Into Free-Range Parenting

Drop the kiddos off at this Saturday's first ever Take Our Children to the Park . . . And Leave Them There Day. Playgrounds are abuzz with parents discussing the amount of freedom children need. The day, which free-range parenting pioneer Lenore Skenazy created to draw attention to today's tendency toward over-parenting, is encouraging mom and dad to allow their kids — particularly those over 7 years old — to play without restrictions.

But for parents who aren't ready to leave their kiddos completely alone, we have three tips to ease your way into allowing them more freedom.

  • If an entire afternoon at the park sounds too scary, try five- and 10-minute increments of freedom.
  • If you're used to hovering over your child on the jungle gym, try sitting on a bench and watching from afar. You'll still be close enough to keep tabs on things.
  • Rather than tote a bag filled with toys and equipment, let your child lead the way. See where some unstructured play time leads them.
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