Archive | 2017

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Now You Can Monitor Every Calorie Your Child Eats or Burns!

A new app being prepared for launch, the Kiddo, promises parents that at last they’ll be able to monitor almost every aspect of their children’s lives: Login to the Kiddo app. Tell the app about your child; enter age, gender, height, and weight. Turn on Bluetooth, and then sync the Kiddo with your smartphone. Identify […]

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I want YOU to take the blame.

Why We Blame Moms When Their Kids Die

Remember the bad old days when a rape victim would show up in court and the defense attorney would say, “Why was her skirt so short?” As if the woman caused her own rape. Only gradually did it dawn on us that this is blaming the victim. Once we recognized how cruel and clueless this […]

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A grieving mom, stuck in jail thanks to our self-satisfied conviction that bad things only happen to bad people.

Baby Accidentally Suffocates While Mom Gets Her Bottle. Mom Charged With Her Death

This letter struck me as absolutely right:   Dear Free-Range Kids: This article appeared on my FB.    The highlight: “The fact that she left the child alone for an extended period of time is what makes it criminal,” Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek said.”   My thoughts: She should not be charged as a criminal.  […]

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All aboard!

School Bus is Safer Than Carpooling!

Please share this with friends who are skeptical of school bus safety. EdWeek is reporting: In spite of recent high-profile bus crashes, a new Government Accountability Office report suggests school buses are probably still a safer way to get your kids to school than driving them yourself. From 2000 to 2015, there’s been on average […]

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This is so fun...for about three seconds.

Why The Fisher-Price “Educational Exercycle” Makes Me Queasy

Here’s the article I was hoping to write about the new Fisher-Price stationary bike that tots are supposed to ride while watching “educational” videos. But since Naomi Schaefer Riley actually got around to putting her thoughts on paper and pixel, all the words are actually hers. How do you like that? This is from her […]

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