If we do this, does our kid end up shaped like that???

“Better Safe Than Sorry” is Wrong

. This perspective brought to us by psychologist Sarah Heavin in Tacoma, WA. Better Safe Than Sorry? Not if you care about fostering healthy child development, by Sarah Heavin As a forensic child psychologist, I am often hired to evaluate a child for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after an injury. Think: Car accidents, plane […]

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A different kind of school test.

Can All Schools Do This?

What’s particularly wonderful about this outdoor field trip is how it gives kids who aren’t “good” or successful in the classroom another place to show who they are. It was sent to us by filmmaker Alastrair Humphreys, who writes: Two years ago, teacher Mrs Monaghan took her class on an overnight microadventure (video here). Now, […]

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The "Subway Rider" back in the day. (Now he's 17.)

What IS Free-Range Parenting? A Primer from the CBC

. This is a lovely piece about Free-Range Kids from the CBC (Canada’s public broadcasting station). Couldn’t have said it better myself: . . Note: Your child does not HAVE to look like my son Izzy to go Free-Range…even though the kid the CBC found sure does!

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Sometimes there is nothing to say.

The Saddest News

. The saddest news. You know what it is. Hearing that 8-year-old Maddy  Middleton of Santa Cruz, CA, was found dead today, and the suspect is a 15 year old neighbor. I will remind us all that this is the least common of crimes. That there are no more murders today than there were in […]

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Kids, parents, risk. A quick survey.

A Survey about Kids and Risk

. Hey folks — Researchers at the University of California-Irvine are studying how people perceive risk. They need people to take their survey and have asked the Free-Range community to join in. I just  took it myself. It’s basically brief descriptions of situations when a child is left alone. You rate how safe they are. The whole […]

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