Archive | 2015

Hi! I'm dead, I bummed everyone out during the Super Bowl, and I'm not even the worst Free-Range story of last year!

The 10 Worst Free-Range Kids Stories of 2015 (and the 5 best!)

. A mash-up of the most insane events proceeding from the desire to keep our precious kids safe…no matter how moronically: 1 – Mom Who Overslept While Her Son Walked to School Handcuffed, Threatened with 10 Years’ Sentence In November, Connecticut mom Maria Hasankolli overslept while her son, age 8, got himself ready for school, […]

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You must be MATURE to walk around a mall!

“No One Under 17 Should Be Unaccompanied at the Mall”

. If some kids sometimes shoplift or get into fights, is that reason enough to ban them ALL from the mall without an adult? The people in this news report don’t even ponder that far-reaching question. So let’s rephrase it: If men sometimes shoplift or get into fights, is that reason enough to ban them […]

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Fly the insulting skies of United!

At United Airlines, 15 is the New 12

. At United Airlines, 15-year-olds will now have to be accompanied on and off the plane by a paid escort. (That sounds a little weird!) Until this month, the requirement was only for kids aged 5-12. This new rule will cost parents $150 a trip, which is such a total rip-off that the mind boggles […]

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It's like having mommy next to you all night long, and all day long, and all week long...

Again with the Fever Thingy?

. This video for Fever Scout, one of several new temperature trackers, is right: When your kid is sick, you do feel bad. But the idea that “dragging things across their forehead” — i.e., using a non-invasive, swipe the forehead thermometer — is insanely cruel, and that doing this at night can feel like “torture,” […]

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Guess what happens when your kid bike to school? (No, you do not get a professional makeover.)

What Happened When I Asked My Kids to Bike to School

. Michelle Millet lives in Davis, CA with her husband, two kids and…some bikes: Riding to School All On Their Own by Michelle Millet In August, with my daughter entering sixth grade and my son entering third, I decided this would be the year my kids started to make the 2-mile bike ride from our […]

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I pray for the girl in this picture!

Beware the Glittery Hairband!

. Remember the Mantra of Our Times: If it happened once to anyone, anywhere you should start worrying about it now! As WLKY reports: LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Nearly two weeks ago, Audree Kopp was in the middle of moving into her new home.  In the midst of the chaos, she noticed a growing bump on her […]

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For you!

Off Topic…But Just Wonderful

. Just watched this video and now am realizing: We are out of Kleenex at my place. Hope you’ve got some! The piece is titled, “Kids face hard Christmas choice: Gift for me or gift for mom?” – L . . .

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Lia thanks a Free-Range childhood for vrooming...

An Adult with Possible Autism Is Grateful for Her Free-Range Childhood

. Here’s a fascinating note from fascinating Lia Grimanis, a feisty Canadian who makes things happen. She has been homeless, she is listed as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and she founded an organization called Up With Women,  helping homeless women and children  rebuild their lives. As if that isn’t enough, she also describes herself […]

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