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How Safe is Safe Enough for Playground Surfaces?

Do we really have to re-surface every playground in America because they aren’t safe enough? Tim Gill, author of the blog “Rethinking Childhood,”  and Bernard Spiegel, granddaddy of the idea of “beneficial risk,” and Jay Beckwith, the venerated playground guru, are just some of the big names in the “play” world alerting us to potentially over-the-top new playground […]

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What independence just might be preparing kids for.

Handy-Dandy Response to: “What if Something Bad Happens to Them?”

“What if something bad happens to them? Even if the danger is one in a million, that doesn’t matter when it’s YOUR kid.” That’s often the response that greets parents who let their kids do anything on their own. It’s certainly the reason Danielle and Alexander Meitiv are dealing with the authorities after letting their […]

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Excuse me, m'am. Can I buy your baby? I'm one of those traffickers you hear so much about.

Man Tries to Buy Toddler from Mom at California Supermarket, Except…

Human trafficking? Is this really how it happens? Last week a man started complimenting a mom’s 2 -year-old at the store, and actually gave her $100. Yes, that IS strange. Says Inside Local: In a crime described by police as both bizarre and disturbing, two men tried to buy a woman’s 2-year-old son as she shopped […]

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Brave young girls have a long history.

The 7-Year-Old and the Plane Crash and Us

As most of you have heard by now, 7-year-old Sailor Gutzler survived the plane crash that killed her mother, father, sister and cousin Friday night.  The small plane landed in the middle of a Kentucky forest. Bloodied and with a broken wrist, Sailor found her way to the cabin of Larry Wilkins. According to CNN: Even […]

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Missing Planes, Missing Kids and “Ask the Pilot”

“Flying has gotten safer since the 1980s, but the headlines about the fewer disasters are bigger,” reader Stacey Gordon writes in a note to us, which included a link to Ask the Pilot. The salient part: …Whatever caused the crash of flight 8501, the year appears to be closing on a tragic note. That’s a […]

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Reach out to neighbors.

Homeless Folks Find Lost Boy

Readers — A 6-year-old boy with autism had disappeared from his San Jose, CA home at 9 .a.m. Turns out, he had wandered off and was found in the middle of the night by a group of homeless men and women who live in an encampment nearby. Does this remind anyone else of the Guinevere […]

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