Shawna had consensual sex on her 19th birthday with a 14 year old boy. For this she is on the Sex Offender Registry for life and is not allowed on playgrounds.

Why This Mom Can’t Go to the Playground With Her Kids

In this 9-minute video  you’ll meet Shawna, an Oklahoma mom not allowed to play with her kids on the playground because of a “sex offense” she committed at age 19: She had consensual sex with a boy, 14. That was 15 years ago. She is on the registry for life, and registrants are banned from […]

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Folks, this is a MOVIE, not your local MALL.

“A Stranger Looking to Kidnap and Sex Traffic a Child Is Highly Unlikely” – Roseville, California Police

Looks like the Roseville, California, police department got a little fed up with social media posts going on about local “sex trafficking kidnappers” and “suspicious people.” And so it came out with this amazing document on its Facebook page: True facts about the fears its citizens feel and perpetuate. Kudos to a department that seems […]

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How not to make reading (and parenting) into a drag.

“Don’t Sign Your Kid’s Reading Log” — It Worked!

How can you take educational matters into your own hands? Read on! Dear Free-Range Kids: Remember this post? We just sent our 2nd grader to public school for the first time and she came home with a reading log to be signed each day as well as signing that she practiced her spelling words.  . […]

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Set the bar a little lower and everyone wins.

A Great Video About Good Enough Parents (and Kids)!

It is heartening to remember what should be obvious but isn’t in our era of “Get it perfect” parenting. We don’t have to be perfect. In fact, no one is. And if kids NEEDED perfect parents, there would be no humans. So enjoy this video sent to us by the philosopher and commenter Donald Christensen, […]

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A Sex Offender bill being signed into law.

Aren’t Most Sex Offenders Unable to Stop?

This weekend I was talking to an acquaintance — smart, funny, well-read — who said she assumed most people on the Sex Offender Registry are dangerous, because “they just keep doing it, right?” The answer: . That piece is running on the New York Times Op-Docs page (opinion pieces in documentary form). If you want […]

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The antidote to foot problems? Or simply the most wonderful picture ever? Or both?

Why Her Son, 11, Was Developing a Foot Problem

We keep cutting down on kids’ play time so they can do “more important” things. But this West Coast mom of four writes: Dear Free-Range Kids: Today I took my son to the pediatrician for his annual physical. He’s 11. I mentioned the slight turn in of his ankles that I had noticed and wondered […]

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Should they all be back inside? Or in a car? Or maybe in a bubble?

Globe and Mail Tells Government to Back Off and Let Parents Free-Range!

Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, just came out with a big, blazing, bad-ass defense of everything we are fighting for. It specifically said: Free-Range Parenting may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but practising it should not demand state intervention. If that’s not legitimacy, what is? The piece was prompted by the case of […]

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