Date: February 17, 2019
“What a day in Hartford!
Three state legislators and five experts (including me) testified in favor of a “Free-Range Parenting” bill at a public hearing held by the Connecticut State Legislature’s Committee on Children — and many more did so with written testimony. You can find it all here. It is outrageously inspiring. Look for S.B. (Senate Bill) 806: An Act Prohibiting a Finding of Neglect in Certain Circumstances.
Rep. Gail Lavielle (R), Rep. Tom O’Dea (R), and Sen. Will Haskell (D) spoke passionately about the need for children to have some independence. O’Dea recalled the day his son, then about 9, forgot his football helmet at practice. He made the boy ride his bike half a mile to retrieve it. His wife was a little taken aback, O’Dea admits. “But did my son forget his helmet again? Never.”
The bill would ensure it is NOT considered neglect for a parent or caregiver to let their kids walk or play outside, unsupervised.”