Archive | Bad Laws, Rules and Verdicts

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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Shawna, a mom of three, is on the Sex Offender Registry for life, for sex she had as a teen with a teen. Her story is told in the documentary, "Untouchable," by David Figen.

“How I Got on the Sex Offender List” — By a Mom of Three

Sometimes when I post about the Sex Offender Registry, I get comments like, “Those scum don’t deserve to EVER live a normal life!” This note below is to remind us that a study of 17,000 people on the registry by the The Georgia Sex Offender Registration Review Board found that about 5% were “clearly dangerous,” […]

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What kind of sick mind likes to enjoy the outdoors and watch children play?

Bill Would Ban Adults Without Kids from Playgrounds

A City Councilman in Los Angeles, Mitch O’Farrell, has proposed a bill to keep playgrounds “free of creepy activity” by not allowing anyone unaccompanied by kids to enter one. Shamefully, that is already the rule here in my burg, New York City. This has lead to the arrest of two women who dared to eat […]

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