Utah Signs Bill Allowing “Free-Range Parenting” Because We Need Laws For This

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Regardless of age

There are a lot of people out there who think kids are too coddled. They’re too protected. Life should be more like it was in the 70s and 80s when kids were left to their own devices much of the time and helicopter parents weren’t a thing yet. There were no car seats, no bike helmets, no rules!

I remember when I was a kid in the 80s, riding my bike towns away, on major roads, not a helmet in sight, staying out of the house all day long. My parents with nary an idea of where I was, not to return until the sun went down. I could have gone to the moon and they’d barely have had any idea! It was amazing.

And there’s no chance in hell I would let my kids do anything like that.

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You might, though. Especially if you live in Utah, where there’s a new law going into effect on May 8 that will make it a lot easier.

Utah’s Governor, Gary Herbert, just signed bill HB65, making it legal for children to do a bunch of stuff without the supervision of a parent. Don’t worry, it’s nothing outrageous, like voting, or renting a car when they’re under 25. It covers things like walking to and from school unaccompanied by an adult or sitting in a car alone while their parents run errands.

“I feel strongly about the issue because we have become so over-the-top when ‘protecting’ children that we are refusing to let them learn the lessons of self-reliance and problem-solving that they will need to be successful as adults,” Senator Lincoln Fillmore, the Utah politician who sponsored the bill, told Yahoo Lifestyle.

The bill is intended to promote self-sufficiency and independence in children and to free parents from the scourge of the overreacting busybodies that have been popping up over the past few years. It’s meant to protect parents from spurious charges of neglect merely for letting their kids play outside or walk home from the park alone, which our parents were free to do back in the good old days.

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There’s a difference between teaching independence and outright neglect, and it’s a little crazy that we need laws to prevent parents from getting visited by child services for stuff that was basically a way of life when many of us were kids. But this is where we are in 2018 and if that’s what it takes, that’s what it takes.

What do you think?

Tweet Roundup: 10 Funny Tweets About Putting Sunscreen On Your Kid

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Day going too well? Leather interior of your car looking too pristine? Why not round up the kids and give them a nice coating of sunscreen? Here are 10 hilarious tweets from parents who we assume are counting down the days until fall.

First, a fair warning.

First tip, get a head start the night before.

There are ways around having to do it…

…but remember, you signed up for this.

Your kids aren’t gonna like it…

…even if you let them do it themselves.

Just be sure to rub it in.

Sure, they’ll return the favor…

…but in their own brutal way.

But if all of this seems overwhelming, remember, there is one way out:

20 Heartwarming Photos Of Dads Seeing Their Daughters In Wedding Dresses For First Time

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Get your tissues ready.

Whether she’s a toddler or a fully independent adult, a daughter is always a father’s little girl.

So when seeing her in a white gown on arguably the biggest day of her life, things are bound to get emotional.  Here are 20 of our favorite photos featuring dads who couldn’t help getting a little emotional upon seeing their daughters on their wedding day.

Father Figures: Emotional Rescue

“I’m not an emotional person.

I’m never overly excited, don’t yell at the TV watching football, none of that. But when it comes to my son, I’m an emotional trainwreck.

I’ve always battled anxiety and never confronted it. After my son was born, I had no choice. My anxiety is death and health-based, and my biggest fear was always dying. Well, now my biggest fear is not being there for my son if I do.

It got to the point where I actually sat him down and said “Hey bug, when i’m gone you need to take care of mom…” He was 3 at the time. I would lay at night and cry, never talking about it. After that day, I knew I needed help!

All parents’ greatest fear is not being there for their children. My father was a huge alcoholic, so I never had a role model; I just knew I wanted to be nothing like him. After I opened up to my wife and family, I got help and life has been so much better with ‘Bug’ since.

We quit smoking – FOR HIM, we go on Disney cruises – FOR HIM, we live – FOR HIM. He is my best friend, my greatest accomplishment, and my biggest challenge.

As men, we’re taught not to confront our issues, but as a man, stand up for your family by confronting your demons and becoming a better person, husband, and most importantly, father. It’s the greatest gift in the world!”

– Adam Giere

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Parents Surprised When 6-Year-Old Creates Lucrative Business After A Simple Lesson About Money

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When 6-year-old Emmett told his parents he wanted a bike, they viewed it as an opportunity to teach their son about financial responsibility and earning something himself.

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“He got some old toys and stuffed animals together and put them out for sale,” Emmett’s father, Jered, recalls. “He ended up making $70 that day. He made enough to get his bike. The next day, we happened to be walking around Sam’s Club and saw this snow cone machine. He asked if we could get that instead of the bike so he could start his own business and make more money.”

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Emmett’s parents agreed to loan him the extra cash needed to buy the machine on one condition: He had to sell snow cones every Saturday for at least one hour. So, with one bag of ice and three flavors, Emmett’s Snow Cones was established.

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“His first time out he made $12, then $17, then $25 and he’s been hovering around there ever since,” Jered states. “He’s responsible for tracking his supplies and knowing when he needs to buy more, spending the money for all future flavor purchases, repaying us for the other half of the snow cone machine, and paying ‘taxes’.”

According to his parents, Emmett is saving most of his revenue for college; but little does he know, the “taxes” he has to pay are already going into a college fund for him.

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Emmett has since graduated from three to twenty-one flavors and even gets invited to local events around town to sell his delicious wares.

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“We would like our son to follow his passions in the future,” Jered says. “Our only expectation for him is to grow up to be a good person who contributes to society”

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Father Figures: The Little Things

“Our daughter was born at 34 weeks and spent 29 days in the NICU.

Those 29 days were the most emotionally draining days I have ever experienced. Every day was filled with good news, bad news, hope, despair. I cannot describe the emotions I experienced when we got the call that our daughter was ready to go home.

Fast forward to today. Our daughter is almost 7 months old and is the happiest baby in the world. She is such a bright light in this dark world and my wife and I love her to death.

I know I would have probably felt the same way had she come straight home from the hospital, but those 29 days of visiting her and holding her when she was connected to monitors and tubes taught me to appreciate the little things.

The little things are the best things. Every laugh, every smile, every bottle, every time she looks at me, every milestone she reaches; it is all so wonderful and is greater than anything I could accomplish professionally.

In today’s world, you are considered a good dad if you are simply present. I understand it is difficult to do more for some people, but if all you are doing is simply being present, you are missing out.”

– Trey Scott

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Mom Asks Daughter If She Can “Keep A Secret” From Her Father And Things Escalate Spectacularly

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When your mother calls asking for your help in devising a plan behind your father’s back, you’re bound to be a little bit curious.

So when Twitter user Noor received that very call, she followed the rabbit hole until it was too late to turn back, which resulted in one of the most amazing live-tweeted family adventures the internet had ever witnessed.