Free Range Parenting?

Couple raising TEN children in ‘dirty’ tents on a garbage dump, ban them from school and threaten concerned neighbors with guns. Their defense? It’s all part of the trendy ‘free range’ parenting fad

  • FactsWillOut

    The kids seem happy, well fed and healthy.
    It seems that the CPS wants to fix that, send the kids to common core schools, probably dope them up on Ritalin to boot.
    I say more power to the parents!

  • There is a hillbilly joke in here somewhere….

    • FactsWillOut

      Or a Waltons joke?
      Who cut’s their grass? Lawn Boy.
      In the fascist state of Canada, both parents would probably already be up on indictable offences. As it is, the fascist co-parents are only kidnapping their kids.

      • There are worse things parents can be doing to their children that leftists seemingly are fine with.

        • FactsWillOut


          Also, 100 years ago, the majority of Americans and Canadians lived like this. Many folk in Alaska live off the grid without running water and hunt and fish for food, and deal with -40 temperatures.

          You might enjoy this, a guy called Dick Proenneke went up to Alaska alone, built a small log cabin alone with just hand tools, and proceeded to live there for 30 years.

          The music and narration is almost as relaxing as the views.

          • eMan14

            I really admire people who can survive like that and build their own homes. I’d be in real trouble if I were to venture out like that.

          • FactsWillOut

            I lived off the grid with no electricity or running water for over a year. Got snowed in for 2 weeks once, had to ration my food.
            I like living like that; Using a kerosene lamp for light, heating and cooking on a woodstove…
            I’ll be doing it again soon, God willing.

          • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

            You can do it because of your youth.

          • FactsWillOut

            I’m almost 50.

            Dick Prenneke did it from 51 to 81 years of age.

          • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

            You and Mr. Prenneke are rare individuals.

          • FactsWillOut

            To be honest, I’m a pale shadow of that man. While I do prefer to live off the grid, melt snow for water, etc, I am far from being able to head off to the Alaskan wilderness alone and build a house by myself.

            I’m currently saving for a medium sized camper truck, that I will fit with a bit of solar and a woodstove, and my next off-the-grid attempt will be more of a nomadic kind of thing, like this guy:


          • One of the truly hard men of the West.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        Since you mention jokes on this subject, a woman with ten children was a contestant on “You Bet Your Life.” When Groucho asked her why she chose to have such a large family, she replied, “I love my husband.” Said Groucho, “Well, I love cigars, but that doesn’t mean that I keep them in my mouth all the time.”

  • Dana Garcia

    I thought free-range parents were people who let their kids walk alone to the park, sans protective SUV.

    • FactsWillOut

      No, that’s helicopter-light parents.

    • Frau Katze

      Yes, that was the last time I heard the phrase. It was completely different.

      Maybe time for a Google alert?

      • Dana Garcia

        The family profiled by DM seemed back-to-the-land types, albeit rough. Maybe DM hasn’t heard of hippies of the country variety.

        • FactsWillOut

          The DM article is pure Yellow Journalism. Google the guys name and see what others are saying about the family. A GoFundMe campaign has already raised 30 grand towards legal fees.
          The family is an open book, posting to facebook frequently.

      • Dave In Guelph

        It’s “Free Range Kids” I think you’re mixing up with the parent thing.

  • Allan

    Another outrageous example of, aw screw it. I’m too fed up.

  • Hard Little Machine

    And this is materially different from what we BEG Mexicans to come and enjoy in the US how again?

  • Alleena

    Whether or not you agree with how the children are being raised, the CPS did not contact them before the raid. They simply came in and took the kids without warning. If the CPS felt there were serious problems, they should have contacted the parents and given them a chance to fix them. The children are well fed and seem to be happy. I’d need to know more about them to see if changes need to be made.

  • eMan14

    And the kid’s names are Spike, Spik, Spin, Spy, Sky, Sock, Slick, Silver, Sliver, and Harold.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      “Hi, I’m Larry, and this is my brother Daryl and my other brother Daryl.”

      • FactsWillOut

        Man, I’m a gonna have to watch that again now.

  • Jay Currie

    Gee, fresh air, animals, 26 acres, clothes, what appears to be a disposable diaper… Better put the kids in a city with a crack dealer down the street and a good school where they can be socialised in hip hop culture.

    Not how I would want to live but a reasonable choice…. The nannies should be seen off the premises. If a gun is required well, there it is.

  • Paulla

    Maybe it’s ok as long as they’re all healthy. What if someone gets sick? Right now I have a case of painful Shingles and I’m so grateful for my refrigerator with its ice, and my air conditioner, and super comfortable recliner and down pillows. And, of course, the absence of noise, insects and dirt. How much more miserable I’d be otherwise. I was raised in a mountain home with a cold water spigot, a kitchen stove for heat, and no insulation in the walls. That was bad enough. But this!

    • David

      It’s all easy when your young.

  • UCSPanther

    This is as weird as it gets: A large clan of hillbillies living in a shanty that I would expect to see in a place like the Phillipines or Indonesia.