— Share some ideas or I will take your toy and hit you over the head with it:
Dear Free-Range Kids: I am a Free-Range mom all the way. My problem is that everything has become so skewed in regards to childcare that I don’t even know what’s reasonable. My son is still pretty little (he turns 3 this weekend) but I am trying to implement Free-Range principles even now. He has a lot of unstructured playtime where he is expected to entertain himself, I’ve recently started letting him play alone in our privacy-fenced yard where I can keep an eye on him from the house, and he helps cut up vegetables for dinner using a dull-ish steak knife…but I’d love to see some suggestions for other Free-Rangey activities for younger children. He’s obviously too little to be wandering the neighborhood on his own, but what IS appropriate for the littler guys? I’d love to hear your take on free-ranging toddlers and preschoolers!