“Benign neglect” is the phrase that best describes my parents’ approach to parenting in the 1970s. What today might be called “free-range parenting” or actual neglect, back then was just childhood.
“As parenting styles go, I would be considered liberal, lenient and even free range-like. But letting my kids – when they were that age – walk a mile to a park through a big city with a population of 78,000? I don’t know about that. How about you?”