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Gever and a budding tinkerer.

Gever Tulley’s Latest Dangerous Idea

. Gever Tulley is a big-time hero of mine. He did one of the earliest, best Ted Talks: “5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do.” He also founded the Tinkering School in San Fran (and elsewhere now, too), where young kids are given power tools and encouragement. Then he and his wife Julie […]

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What happened when cops stopped a young man who was trespassing just may make your cry...in a good way.

Thank Goodness for Cops Stopping Kids! (Tempe, AZ Version)

. Just what we needed — for real. This comes to us from a reader named Steve, and ABC15 in Tempe, AZ.  A young guy is out and about. Alone. After curfew. Trespassing!   Cops get out of their squad car to approach warily, but what comes next?   Option 1: Kid appears to be […]

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Am I really more dangerous than a stranger???

You Know What’s REALLY Dangerous for Kids?

“That’s dangerous!” Most of us parents have had that shouted at us at some point — often when we’re letting our kids do something that is, statistically, not very dangerous at all, like letting a 3 year old nap in the car while we pay for the gas, or letting our 7-year-old walk to the […]

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Wait, Dave. I thought Lenore loved ME the most. But maybe she loves you more?

Dave Barry: Mad Men (and Women) Made Great Parents

The great Dave Barry has a huge and wonderful piece at the Wall Street Journal. LOVE that man! The Greatest (Party) Generation Raising children wasn’t always an all-consuming job. Humorist Dave Barry on his parents’ wild parties and the grown-up escapades of the ‘Mad Men’ era We pick it up here, as he discusses his […]

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Wait! Did i forget my cell phone?

Dog Takes Bus by Herself (So Why Don’t We Let Our HUMAN Kids Do This?)

Considering we have municipalities making it illegal for kids to walk home by themselves from the bus stop, this doggy story from Seattle should give everyone…paws: “Did that just happen?” That’s the reaction one bus rider had in Seattle, after realizing a dog had just joined him for a ride through the city, traveling several stops […]

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Weekend Viewing: Nancy Grace, Casey Anthony, Aaron Sorkin and Us

Readers — This is a clip from HBO’s The Newsroom, about a news team deciding if and how to obsess about the Casey Anthony case. Of course it’s fiction, but boy — writer Sorkin really understands how TV works. (He should!) The part where the expert in the news meeting breaks down a few minutes of […]

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Are we afraid of almost everything, where our kids are concerned? BINGO!

UPDATE! See the Real Bingo Card for Child Hysteria Bingo!

LOOK! Thank you, Marjorie Ingall,  for making this into a Bingo Card! (And here’s a site that allows you to do the same. So fun!)  Readers — Commenter Jenny Islander sent in this brilliant Child Hysteria Bingo board! Feel free to add more ideas: Welp, I think I’ve finally read enough of Free-Range Kids to make […]

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CNN defends new slogan, "Holy Crap, We're All Gonna Die." (Borowitz Report)

CNN Deciding What To Scare Viewers About Next: The Onion

Today, let us give thanks for The Onion and pieces like — CNN Holds Morning Meeting To Decide What Viewers Should Panic About For Rest Of Day ATLANTA—Kicking around ideas ranging from an uptick in child kidnappings to a new link between laptops and cancer, senior CNN staffers held their regular daily meeting this morning […]

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