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“When NOT to Call the Cops” — Genius on a Refrigerator Magnet

Believe it or not, this graphic is from the refrigerator magnet of University of California Irvine Prof. Barbara Sarnecka, one of the three authors of that fantastic study proving that when we believe we are rationally assessing child danger, we are actually morally judging. Some other family member put the magnet on the fridge and when Barbara […]

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The daughters of Jess Michener, after school refused to let them use sunscreen without a doctor's note.

BOLD SOCIAL POLICY, 2017: Five Years After Girls’ Severe Sunburn, Washington Considers Bill to Let Students Use Sunscreen Without Doctor’s Note

Welcome to America, 2017, where it requires an act of bicameral legislation to even CONSIDER allowing children the teeniest modicum of self-sufficiency: In Washington State, the House just passed a bill that would allow students to use sunscreen at school without a doctor’s note. It’s like open carry, but for Coppertone. In an article titled, […]

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The 2009 Prom Draw at Aquin High School.

Slightly Off Topic: School Assigns Random Prom Dates

Hi all! This story was sent in with a note I sort of agree with: A school in Illinois is randomly assigning prom dates, thus removing the anxiety of asking/not-getting-asked. So, wrote the note-sender, isn’t that assuming young people lack even the basic social and emotional resilience to deal with the time-honored ritual? Well, yes, […]

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I want YOU...to be as nice as the lady in this story was.

I Ran into the Store and Came Out to Find a Lady at My Car. Here’s Why:

A surprise! Dear Free-Range Kids: Ran across this “article” on Facebook: https://www.romper.com/p/15-things-parents-did-in-the-90s-that-no-parent-would-do-today-9192?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=pro&utm_campaign=fbpro&sr_source=lift_facebook I grew up in the ’90s in suburbia MI and remember this stuff. Now as a mother of an infant, I wish parenting wasn’t such a monumental, risk adverse task. Just last week I left my (overtired, recently screaming, just picked up from daycare) sleeping […]

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She can probably walk to school by herself, too.

Can a 4-Year-Old Walk to School? Or Walk 5 Miles in the Snow, In the Dark, in Siberian Winter, Lighting Fires When Necessary, to Fetch Help for Her Grandfather?

Since you might have missed your latest copy of The Siberian Times, here’s a story for you, perfect for a blizzard: Little Saglana Salchak has spoken for the first time about her sad 6 hour trek through treacherous snow drifts with wolves around to get to a neighbour’s home from her grandparents’ remote farmstead. Miserable […]

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Teacher Barry White, shaking things up.

Best 1-Minute Teacher Video Ever?

Every Single Kid Gets a Personalized Handshake Here’s a heartwarming story about a North Carolina teacher, Barry White — but basically it’s just an excuse to show this fantastic video. All I have to add is this: I once heard that NO programs work when it comes to changing kids. This revolted me! Then the […]

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