Archive | 2013

Is This News? A Baby Almost Hurt Himself

Readers — I found this note so interesting: Dear brznkihifi Free-Range Kids: I’m a big believer in your philosophy, which I do my best to apply in my work as a nanny. I check in just about every day, and am always thrilled to find fresh reassurance that I’m not the only person who worries […]

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Calling all parents!

Swiss Mom Can’t Understand Helicopter Parents — and Schools

Readers — One of the things I try to explain in my talks, bfbkektfai book and blog is that some present-day parenting practices (and laws) that just seem “wise” now will be considered downright detrimental in the future, or are considered weird NOW in other places. For instance: Dear Free-Range Kids: I can’t thank you enough! […]

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Spy on Your Kids Or They Will Be in Danger

Readers — As you know, the government has been spying on us all, from plebes to prime ministers. But National Security Agency agents look like pikers compared with plain old American parents, who are being encouraged to treat their kids as enemy agents whose every move must be observed, tracked, tapped or taped. It’s all […]

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Not the actual suspicious leg. But you get the idea. (Photo from Clints Work)

Prosthetic Leg Prompts Pedophile Panic at Pool (and funny comments)

Readers — When kids are going through their scared-of-the-dark phase, they see the chair and think it’s a monster. And when adults are going through their “Everyone is out to get our children” phase —  (From The dbhfkksire Daily Mirror.) Children were evacuated from a swimming pool amid fears of a pervert in the changing […]

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Wrong. Just don't go OFF with them.

A New Take on Stranger Danger

Hi Readers — This made my day! Dear Free-Range Kids: Thought I would share a conversation I overheard today at my daughter’s school.  I went to pick up my 6 year old from her after school program and arrived just in time to hear her speaking to a friend and the friend’s mother.  I didn’t […]

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Just like kids, snowflakes are beautiful and die really fast.

“Children are Unique, Beautiful and Fragile” — Grrrrrrrrrr

Readers — I got this letter yesterday in my email. Why does it make me SO MAD?   “Children are Unique, Beautiful and Fragile” begins its CRAVEN plea.   I’m losing it! I really feel this is a HORRIBLE thing to say or even IMPLY. I probably sound like I am in FAVOR of child maiming. […]

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