love it here too x
I read this book over the summer and absolutely loved it; thanks for bringing it to mind again.
Hmmm, I am sure there has been controversy over this concept. I like alot of it, but there is something that irks me, though perhaps it's just my 'conditioning'? Or the amount of times I have encountered situations where the fine line between carefree and careless has been crossed. Maybe I feel like it will be a 'good excuse' for alot of parents, who seem to have little regard for the safety or respect of others. Or perhaps it is just my idea of 'keeping them safe' and what is required to do that, which is different to true 'idle parents'?I definitely believe in allowing children to be themselves and discover independence and learn how to handle situations. I want them to see me happy, and not take on my faults or preconceived ideas. I don't believe in overstimulating or overconsumering them. I believe it is my responsibility to guide and nurture my kids. I guess I am sort of stuck in the middle, as always. Though I am on the laptop at the moment while they watch TV and eat a packaged snack, so maybe I am an 'idle parent' just waiting to break out!! When we are out gardening today, I will try not to tell them to 'be careful' or care if they dig up the bark and roll in it!Thanks, m, food for thought!
love it :)
Ah, yes a great article and I love it as you know - been posting and reading about it all...Need to get hold of the book.x
I hadn't heard of idle parenting before I read your post, but it certainly makes me feel much better about my own relaxed parenting style.
Fantastic article.Have you read 'Last child in the woods' by Richard Louv? Definately worth a read,-along similar lines.xB