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Routes Toward Trustful Parenting and Children’s Freedom in Our Time

Here are six ways to become a more trustful parent and to grant your children more freedom: (1) Examine your own values and priorities, and think how they relate to your interactions with your children. (2) Let go of the idea that you can determine your child’s future or are responsible for it. (3) Resist urges to be in continuous contact with your child, or to monitor your child’s activities and learning. (4) If possible, move to a neighborhood where kids of all ages play freely outdoors, and where parents as well as children get to know one another. (5) Work with other parents in your neighborhood to create safe and inviting places where children can congregate and play on their own. (6) Consider alternatives to conventional schooling.

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Why Have Trustful Parenting and Children’s Freedom Declined in Recent Decades?

Why is trustful parenting so much more difficult than in decades past? Why are today's children afforded less freedom than we were when we were children? In this essay I suggest the following reasons: (1) the decline of neighborhoods; (2) the decline in adults' firsthand knowledge of child development and the worldwide sharing of fears; (3) the increased uncertainty about the future; (4) the increased intrusiveness of school systems into children's and families' lives; and (5) the rise of a pedagogical model of child development that has its origins in the increased power of schools.

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