“The world is actually even safer than when I was a child, and I just want to give them the same freedom and independence that I had — basically an old-fashioned childhood,” she said.“I think it’s absolutely critical for their development — to learn responsibility, to experience the world, to gain confidence and competency.” On Dec.20, Alexander agreed to let the children, Rafi and Dvora, walk from Woodside Park to their home, a mile south, in an area the family says the children know well. (Related: Why are we criminalizing childhood independence?
It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon.
But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently.
Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say they are being investigated for neglect for the Dec.
20 trek — in a case they say reflects a clash of ideas about how safe the world is and whether parents are free to make their own choices about raising their children.
“We wouldn’t have let them do it if we didn’t think they were ready for it,” Danielle said.
(Related: What’s wrong with a little parental supervision?) She said her son and daughter have previously paired up for walks around the block, to a nearby 7-Eleven and to a library about three-quarters of a mile away. “They’ve developed these skills.” The Meitivs say they believe in “free-range” parenting, a movement that has been a counterpoint to the hyper-vigilance of “helicopter” parenting, with the idea that children learn self-reliance by being allowed to progressively test limits, make choices and venture out in the world.With a market 10 times the size of Canada’s, online retailers can’t afford NOT to be competitive.Let us help you increase your sales to the US with our US address, discounted USPS postage and daily delivery to the United States Postal Service! We will set you up with the ability to print discounted US postage in Canada and deliver your packages to the United States Postal Service six days a week.Let us help you increase your business sales with our free US address, discounted postage, package tracking and impressive transit times! US Bound Shipping – our reliable cross-border shipping services consistently get the job done but for an average of 70% less.Canadian Shipping – Have customers across the country? International Shipping – We flat-rate your international items with both tracked and non-tracked services available.