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“A Stranger Looking to Kidnap and Sex Traffic a Child Is Highly Unlikely” – Roseville, California Police

Looks like the Roseville, California, police department got a little fed up with social media posts going on about local “sex trafficking kidnappers” and “suspicious people.” And so it came out with this amazing document on its Facebook page: True facts about the fears its citizens feel and perpetuate. Kudos to a department that seems […]

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Set the bar a little lower and everyone wins.

A Great Video About Good Enough Parents (and Kids)!

It is heartening to remember what should be obvious but isn’t in our era of “Get it perfect” parenting. We don’t have to be perfect. In fact, no one is. And if kids NEEDED perfect parents, there would be no humans. So enjoy this video sent to us by the philosopher and commenter Donald Christensen, […]

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Should they all be back inside? Or in a car? Or maybe in a bubble?

Globe and Mail Tells Government to Back Off and Let Parents Free-Range!

Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, just came out with a big, blazing, bad-ass defense of everything we are fighting for. It specifically said: Free-Range Parenting may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but practising it should not demand state intervention. If that’s not legitimacy, what is? The piece was prompted by the case of […]

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School Superintendent Michael Hynes believes more recess = kids more ready to learn, inside and outside the classroom.

Meet Superintendent / Thought Leader / Former Terrible Student Michael Hynes

It’s time for us all to become familiar with the work of Michael Hynes,  superintendent of  the Patchogue-Medford School District on Long Island and passionate promoter of PEAS: the physical, emotional, academic and social growth of kids, not just their test scores. Hynes put his district where his mouth is, doubling recess. Kids at his […]

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Chief, the guide dog for my husband's father, photographed, bizarrely enough, by Arnold H Crane, an artist whose photos are at

Non-Coddled Puppies Grow Up to be Best Guide Dogs

Woof woof woof! Er…I mean, chew on this: A study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests the way a puppy’s mother raises it may be the key to the dog’s success, or failure. A research team at the University of Pennsylvania found that puppies destined for guide dog training are more likely to […]

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A quick-thinking 7-year-old drove her dad's car after she passed out.

Brooklyn Girl, 7, Drives Car After Dad Passes Out

A 7-year-old Brooklyn girl was in the backseat, in her seatbelt, out for a drive with her dad when suddenly he  passed out, seemingly  from a drug overdose. The girl unbuckled her belt, jumped onto his lap and proceeded to steer the car. Two emergency medical technicians spotted her and one, Arlene Garcia, started yelling at […]

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As sweet as a Twinkie.

Eating Twinkies with God…and a Free-Range Kid

Not sure why this 2-minute film was made, but I think you’ll like it. It’s a little treacly and fake, and yet…I’m misting up. And if you can’t quite understand what the kid says when his mom asks where he’s going, he says, “I’m going to find God.” Gotta love a kid who takes the […]

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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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