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Does that helpless little child look 12 to you?

“You Must Be 12 To Use the Bathroom Alone”

Here’s a sign from a church in suburban Chicago. The reader who sent it to me wrote: I’ve shown this sign to quite a number of people expecting them to be as floored as I am.  Nearly universally, though, the reaction has been along the lines of “well, you can’t be too safe these days. […]

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Four times more children die from rollovers and backovers than they do waiting in the car.  (Source: KidsandCars.org )

My Son Nearly Died Because I Took Him OUT of the Car

Here’s a handy-dandy post to whip out when someone screams at you for letting your kids wait in the car during an errand. (Did you know Free-Range Kids is a free app? That’s how you can whip this out): Last week, my preschooler came literally within an inch of his death in a shopping center […]

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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.  http://www.kcci.com/article/mom-charged-after-child-dies-in-changing-table-incident/8588247    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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Hmm. So hard to decide. Do these kids deserve a time out? Or a felony conviction?

A Playground Fight? Now You’re a Felon, Kid

Aiden punched Noah because Noah wouldn’t let him on the slide! Ooh! Now what? Well, if this took place in Missouri, at recess, Aiden could be heading to jail. In an era when we have finally come to realize that zero tolerance policies and the school-to-prison pipeline are permanently damaging kids by saddling them with criminal […]

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