Archive | 2015

First I go, then you go, then we ignore Jimmy. Okay?

Stop Intervening When Kids Squabble

. . Here’s my theory: One reason parents/teachers/adults are spending so much time hovering over kids is that they are spending so much time hovering over kids.  What I mean is: It’s a vicious circle. (Or cycle. Never figured that out.) Anyway, when we spend a lot of time watching our kids, inevitably we will […]

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A boy goes Free-Range...accidentally...and wins the big race!

New Jersey Boy, 8, Accidentally Wins 10K Race

Cool story! A boy, 8, veers off track and ends up running a 10K race, instead of the 5K one he was signed up for. Of course, if he’d been in Connecticut, perhaps the police would have arrested his parents for not keeping him safe at home. This story appears on NJ.com, by Lindsay Rittenhouse. […]

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Mwahhhhahahaha!

The Grapes of Death

. As you read this, note that the mom who wrote this, Alisha, is herself a retired “paramedic/firefighter is very aware of what is truly dangerous and is tired of EVERYTHING being treated as such.” Me too. Not tired of precautions. Not tired of safety. Tired of seeing all of childhood through the lens of […]

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Look! I learned how not to play!

Sitting Still in Pre-K

. All animals play. It is how they learn. Young gazelles chase each other in what looks like a game of tag, even though by doing so, they are putting themselves at real risk: First, they are using up calories that they will have to replenish. Second, they are running around where predators can see […]

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A mess is not a crime!

CPS Plans Third Visit to Family for Not Cleaning Up Enough

. Here is a cry for help — this dad’s and my own. I’m looking for someone to write a post or booklet on “How to Fight CPS” that is not a snarling screed (however cathartic), but filled with relevant laws, websites, and even phone numbers/emails that people can contact for legal help. Let me […]

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