In another era, this might not seem like a newsworthy letter. But now it is, and so allow me to present a note I got the other day:
Dear Free-Range Kids: My name is Jessica. Iâ€™m a 17 year old thatâ€™s passionate about changing the things (laws, culture, rules, etc) our culture does to stifle the independence of our youth. If you have the time, I would appreciate your advice and guidance about what I can do to help and support the cause. I just moved out of Florida to New York City and am looking to branch out into the community here and do good!
Â A bit about me:
I was raised â€˜Free-Rangeâ€™ by a wonderful German mom. I wonâ€™t get into the funny Free-Range anecdotes of my youth (unless youâ€™re interested) â€“ what matters is that it made me amazingly independent and successful.
I got my GED the day I turned 16. Weeks later, I became employed full-time at a software company. Iâ€™ve been working there for almost 2 years. As a Lead Quality Engineer, Iâ€™m an integral part of the company. I have major responsibilities that affect our product and our users. My professional life is very successful for a teenager with an in-progress college-degree and a GED.
Overall, I am proud of what I have accomplished and I realize that my ability to function and thrive as an independent person in society is attributed to my momâ€™s hands-off, loving parenting.
I want to raise my kids in a society that embraces that kind of parenting (it made me who I am!) and I want to know what I can do to help support this cause. â€“ Jessica Sachs
I wrote back to Jessica that I can use help on the tech front (always!) but also on the example front. That’s why I asked if I could run her letter. It stands as an inspiration (and reminder) to us all of what our progeny are capable of. – L