Does that helpless little child look 12 to you?

“You Must Be 12 To Use the Bathroom Alone”

Here’s a sign from a church in suburban Chicago. The reader who sent it to me wrote: I’ve shown this sign to quite a number of people expecting them to be as floored as I am.  Nearly universally, though, the reaction has been along the lines of “well, you can’t be too safe these days. […]

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SHARE THIS VIDEO! Helicopter Parents, Here’s Why You Are So Afraid

Woo hoo! Here is the very first official Free-Range Kids video, by yours truly and genius Mike Kraus from MylkMedia. It explains — cheerfully — how we get risk wrong and end up terrified for our kids. Buzzfeed did a wonderful synoposis. Buzzfeed, baby! Please, please share this on Facebook and everywhere else! It will help […]

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"Nerf" not "Nerve gas."

Of Nerf Guns and Eye Injuries

The temporary injury of a girl whose brother hit her in the eye with a foam Nerf gun dart has made the news, at least in the Daily Mail. Love or loathe them, the fact that they ran a large article and four pictures on this one incident (and remember “incident” is the word we […]

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You don't have to do this to be Free-Range!

You Don’t Have to Breastfeed Till Age Five to be “Free-Range”

“Free-Range” can mean many things to many people, which is fair, I guess. It’s not like I have the trademark on “free-range.” But I actually do have the trademark on “Free-Range Kids” (because my friend is an intellectual property attorney), and the Free-Range Kids book/blog/movement does not believe that serious illnesses can be cured homeopathically, […]

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Etan Patz, a tragedy, not a "lesson for us all."

Etan Patz Murder Solved: Now What?

This week, a jury in Manhattan found Pedro Hernandez guilty of murdering Etan Patz in 1979. As the New York Times reports: Pedro Hernandez, a former bodega stock clerk who confessed to luring 6-year-old Etan Patz into a basement and attacking him, was found guilty on Tuesday of murder and kidnapping, a long-awaited step toward […]

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Quiet! Young chef at work.

To Get Kids Cooking, Rule #1: Stop Talking!

One of the ways we could change America from fearful to cheerful would be if more schools started doing the Free-Range Kids Project. That’s the deal whereby the teachers tell the students to go home and ask their parents if they can do ONE THING that they feel they are ready to do, that for […]

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Listen to the talking dog, not the man!

Dear Parents: An Adult Male Shared the Sidewalk with Some Students for an ENTIRE BLOCK!

Here’s a note home sent by a school in suburban Maryland — the same county where the Meitiv kids were picked up twice for walking home from the park unchaperoned:                                                                         February 8, 2017 Dear Parents/Guardians: I am sending this letter to inform the _____ community of an event that occurred at one of the _____ […]

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Doting dad or Tesla terror?

Cops Mistake Dad for Kidnapper as He Puts His Kid in His Tesla

A California dad putting his child in the rear-facing back seat of his Tesla was held at gunpoint by cops who thought they had cornered a kidnapper. Apparently someone called the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s office around one in the afternoon on Saturday, convinced they were witnessing one of those public abductions in broad daylight […]

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