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Free-Range Parenting

23 Aug 2018

This summer I met Maria, a kind, smart and serene woman. She talked about how she became a mother in her 40s, and therefore decided to ease herself back into her career gently so she could spend as much time as possible with her 4-year-old child. My immediate response to this comment from a woman who is almost the same age as me (I’m 48) and whose face was alight with the love she feels for her child, who she says was very much wanted, was, ‘Above all, raise him well!’ To which Maria replied that she had decided to take the free-range parenting approach, which makes setting boundaries rather difficult. I thought to myself, “I don’t believe these concepts are impossible to combine”.

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