Utah has legalized a controversial child-rearing method known as “free-range parenting” that encourages the fostering of self-sufficiency in children from a young age, which is believed to be the first legislation of its kind in the United States. The so-called “free-range kids” bill was signed into law by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert on Friday after the state House and Senate voted unanimously to approve the legislation. The new law, which will take effect on May 8, specifies that it is not a crime for parents to allow kids who display maturity and good judgment to do things like walk to school alone or play outside without supervision.
Out of sight, out of mind. Why not let the kids free-range from birth? They will display more maturity and good judgment to do things like feeding themselves and changing their own diapers, so the parents can enjoy the selfish lives they want? Will it be illegal for them to sue if something happens to the kids?