I think we need some good news for this lovely summer weekend. So:
Dear Free-Range Kids: I think the subject title says it all! Last year, I was despairing of a summer stuck to my son’s side because he wouldn’t leave our yard alone. This summer he has gone to 2 different parks within walking distance of our home… alone! He came home after an hour of playing and told me that he felt “so grown up!” The smile of pride on his face was worth the wait!
While at the park, there was only a guy mowing a lawn, my son said. That man asked him if his parents knew where he was. My son said yes. My son almost gave up and went home, but then a bus load of kids from a summer camp came, and he had fun.
Hooray! — -Gina
Yes, hooray! And remember, you can always print out a free Free-Range Kids membership card that says, “I’m not lost. I’m a Free-Range Kid!” with space for your phone number, your signature and your child’s. Enjoy the summer!!!!