When Sara Zaske moved from Oregon to Berlin with her husband and toddler, she knew the transition would be challenging, especially when she became pregnant with her second child. She was surprised to discover that German parents give their children a great deal of freedom - much more than Americans. In Berlin, kids walk to school by themselves, ride the subway alone, cut food with sharp knives, and even play with fire. German parents did not share her fears, and their children were thriving.
Say goodbye to the infamous child leash. The antidote to helicopter parenting is Achtung Baby, a German approach to hands-off parenting that emphasizes self-reliance. And yes, it’s okay to let your kids walk themselves to school.