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Is This "Hands Off" Parenting Style Right For You?

I have five children. Some days that really seems like a lot. OK, most days that seems like a lot! In an effort to keep things remotely resembling sanity, our house tends to run on a lot of systems. Structure and simplicity are my best friends. I get really, really excited when I clean out a closet. "Less is more" is my constant mantra. But what about my parenting? Can the same less-is-more philosophy be applied to my parenting style? Do I sometimes overdo it with the rules? Is it possible for me to step back a little and trust a little more in my children's abilities to learn life-lessons on their own? The parent's primary job is to keep the child safe.
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