Archive | 2016

My daughter comes up with excuses to run back inside.

Advice Needed: My Child is Scared to Go Outside Without Me

Here’s a question to crowdsource: Dear Free-Range Kids: My son makes a wonderful Free-Range Kid.  His older sister not so much.  In Grade 4 she still holds my hand walking to the school bus and is very upset that I have determined that they walk the last two blocks on their own.  Daily she begs […]

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Would you like to go get a coffee, young lady? Heh, heh, heh.

Attempted Luring? Or Overreacting?

From my mailbox: Dear Free-Range Kids: I’m currently being blasted in my local mom’s group for my questions about the events outlined in the police statement below. Yes, I agree that a 40 year old man asking a 13 year old out for coffee is weird, but are we really calling that luring now? It saddens […]

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Fearing a knock from Child Protective Services.

I Live In Fear of My Kids Being Sent to Foster Care…Again

This powerful piece is reprinted by permission of Rise, an extraordinary magazine written by and about those whose kids have been in the foster care/Child Protective Services system. We have heard so many stories here of parents investigated for letting their kids play outside or wait a few minutes in the car. Suddenly, they had […]

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He did pretty well on his own, too.

Boy, 6, Left to Care for His Younger Siblings While Mom Away for Days

As we contemplate the family being investigated, the kids being stripped, and the dad doing time in jail,  all because of a pre-school child being left to nap in the car for 20 minutes during a Christmas errand, let’s remember it was not always thus. Children were considered hardy. While I don’t advocate leaving them […]

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Are American parents the laughingstock of Europe?

European vs. American Parenting: You May Be Embarrassed

. Is all European parenting like this? Probably not. I hear of helicopter tendencies creeping in. Nor are all American children on leashes. And yet, there IS a cultural difference and this video — so simple, hence so powerful — packs a punch. It seems to be attracting another one million views each day. How I […]

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Turns out this is not a lethal weapon. It's a swing.

A School Decides to Keep its “Dangerous” Swing

Teacher Tom — “Teaching and learning from preschoolers” — is a joy to read, especially in this case, where we find him bravely confronting that modern day terror: A swing. You may recall that Richland and Spokane Washington school districts both phased out their swingsets. As a spokesman for the Richland district explained at the […]

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