Have you heard of these parenting styles? Free range parent is the type of parent who just lets her child do what she is going to do without a whole lot of interference from mom and dad. And a helicopter parent is the parent who hovers over her child. Never allowing her more than 2 feet away from her. Basically it is said that parents fall into one of these two categories.
Neither one is really better than another I suppose. Although a free range parent you probably wouldn’t see much of in the city. I do believe allowing your child to walk down Broadway in New York city at the tender age of 3 all alone would be considered child endangerment. But that same child walking down a country lane might be okay. I don’t know though, that freaks me out too. I guess I’m a total helicopter parent. Well, in places where I cannot control things anyways. In my own home I think I’m a little more free range. Oh who am I kidding, that’s not true either! With three other children leaving stuff around I worry about the baby. Can I let you in on a secret? Well, I guess this won’t be much of a secret now, but I found a teeny tiny bead in the baby’s diaper one day. Boy did I freak out! I had no idea she had swallowed anything. This bead was very small though. I had to tell the big girls to make sure that stuff stays in their room though.
I do think it is important for children to explore their surroundings though. Especially the baby. She needs room to move around and explore and experiment with things. So I have yet to put her in a playpen. Now that’s not to say I won’t. I do have one that all but my oldest have used. But I think if I had put her in the playpen that likely would have squashed her learning how to do this…
And I get such a kick out of seeing her crawl like that. Before I know it she’s going to push herself to a stand on that foot and just take off running though.
So I like to think of myself as a free helicopter parent. Probably more helicopter than free though. That’s possible I think to be a cross between the two. Sometimes I think if I didn’t live in a suburban area and lived out in the country somewhere I might be a little more free range. I think with each child I have gotten slightly less helicopter parent-esque.