Maybe my comprehension is getting fuzzier. Yesterday, for the first time, I heard about “free-range” kids. I’d heard the term free range before, so I thought I knew what the phrase meant. Nope. I thought it was about kids eating free-range beef to be healthier. I found out, hilariously, it means kids allowed to range free (like cattle?!)
It’s amusing that this phrase is used to describe something that used to be the norm (see Mad Men.) Kids, rightly or wrongly, were allowed to be out of sight and out of mind. Parents had more important things to do, like have drinking, smoking, card-playing parties (again, see Mad Men.) I remember (pre-free-range) being able to be out till 9:30 roaming the neighborhood with my friends on Halloween. Kids being able to play without supervision is so rare now that its comeback has a phrase.
I think the happy medium might be the way to go. Excessive overprotection isn’t good, but not allowing kids to roam outside a little isn’t good, either. Just watch out for the free-range cattle roaming around, too (haha)…