Dan Emery’s three kids are 21, 18, and 15. They live in a suburb outside of New York and grew up being allowed to go places on their own, make their own money from odd jobs, and deal with their own minor issues at school.
In a piece over at Let Grow Dan (owner of the NY Guitar School) interviews them about how these Free-Range experiences forged them. The answers should give us all some support for loosening the leash. For instance, one of his kids said she was glad she got to be out and about on her own, adding, “I feel like the parents of many kids told them to never walk alone, and accidentally taught them to be paranoid and suspicious. But we felt confident and we had so much fun walking around.â€
As for schoolwork, they were glad that even if they got a C, it was their C.
Dan admits some mistakes he made along the way, too. But all in all, if you’re hoping for a heartening glance in the Free-Range crystal ball, here you go.