When I jump off, let me land in Holland!

Is This a Dream?

Childhood in The Netherlands, NOW, as observed and written up by Kate Darnton in The Boston Globe: The Dutch loosen up early. My husband and I were thrilled when we arrived in Amsterdam to find that many playgrounds have cafes. On sunny afternoons, parents meet after work to sip Aperol spritzes while their kids scale […]

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"Digging In Wet Sand is Dangerous"

“Digging In Wet Sand is Dangerous”

My piece in today’s Wall Street Journal, “If You’re a Kid, the Experts Want You to Have a Fun-Free Summer,” was inspired by the warnings some of you sent me from a blog where the pediatrician advised parents about the multitudinous dangers of letting their kids play in the sand:  . “Remember when digging in the […]

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Let my people walk!

How We Have Criminalized Walking

This comes to us from law professor and transportation activist Michael Lewyn, who recently published “The Criminalization of Walking” in the University of Illinois Law Review.   It focuses on two ways the government punishes pedestrians: through jaywalking laws and by using child neglect laws to punish parents who let their kids walk. Here’s a […]

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Why would anyone ever work at a job involving kids?

Predator with a Popsicle? Our Crazy Fear of The Ice Cream Man

As I wrote in this month’s Reason Magazine: We All Scream for the Ice Cream Man’s Head The idea that ice cream men cruise around looking for victims is simply an urban myth. Paul DiMarco has been selling ice cream in Poughkeepsie, New York, for two decades. He owns a fleet of trucks. When one […]

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The room of doom?

“Children of Any Age Should Not Go Into Public Restrooms Alone”

These tips from HealthyChildren.org for when a child can go to a public restroom are not just hilarious and ridiculous, they are also insane, starting with this one: ​The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children feels that children of any age should not be permitted to use public restrooms alone. Any age? Why? Simply […]

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