Introducing Free to be Kids MB!
It's been more than a year since a Child and Family Services worker told Katharina Nuss that her children required constant adult supervision until they were 12 years old.
Since then, her petition for a "free range kids law" in Manitoba has collected nearly 9000 signatures in support, she has met with government officials, and the Department of Families has assured her that it is not a legal requirement for children to be directly supervised until 12. However, this perception remains widespread, with many still making choices based on fear of investigation and stigma around their parenting practices. It is clear that the law and its enforcement need to be clarified, and that Manitoba families need to feel more confident in their decision to allow healthy independence when their children are ready.