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Anna Borden and her Free-Range family.

Proud of My Free-Range Stepson — and Son!

This reassuring note comes to us from Anna Borden, a stay-at-home mom from Enderby, British Columbia, mom of Dexx (stepson, currently 13), Wesley (4), and Rylee (3). I met her at a talk I gave in the Canadian town of Salmon Arm (!) last week: Dear Free-Range Kids: I got the pleasure of being a […]

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This picture was by Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff. It was too enchanting not to reprint!

A Man, A Van, A Plan — And It’s Not Scary

Gotta love this guy! Guisepe Spadafora travels around the U.S. serving free tea from his mini bus, creating community just by opening his doors and inviting people in. What a nice little reminder that you can be a man with a van — a stranger with a van — and not a predator! Kudos to […]

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All aboard!

School Bus is Safer Than Carpooling!

Please share this with friends who are skeptical of school bus safety. EdWeek is reporting: In spite of recent high-profile bus crashes, a new Government Accountability Office report suggests school buses are probably still a safer way to get your kids to school than driving them yourself. From 2000 to 2015, there’s been on average […]

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A brother saves his twin, and teaches us all a bunch of lessons.

Twin, 2, Saves Brother After Dresser Falls On Him

Many of you sent in this dramatic story of a dresser falling on a Utah 2-year-old and his twin brother rescuing him from underneath it. It sickens me the way KSL TV news showed the worst part of the video three times in two minutes, but here you have it: . As MSN reports: A […]

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Also: Of course you kids can go out and play!

The Homemade Sign that Knocked My Socks Off

Voila a wonderful sign and wonderful way to ring in a New Year! Sent to us by a guy named Marty: . . In case you couldn’t read the sign, some highlights are: Let’s work together to help and support each other. We all share this world together. Let’s make the words below important again! […]

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Drop-off at an American school. It's only 20 minutes a day! (Well, times two...)

The “Duh!” Way to Get Kids Walking to School

Maybe the answer to, “How can we get kids back to walking to school?” is, “Um…suggest it?” That’s what St. Raphael Catholic School in Toronto did. The student-run Heath Action Team pushed for kids at the K-8 school to start walking. They held a why-it’s-good-to-walk assembly, they organized official walk-to-school days on the last Friday of […]

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Fearing a knock from Child Protective Services.

I Live In Fear of My Kids Being Sent to Foster Care…Again

This powerful piece is reprinted by permission of Rise, an extraordinary magazine written by and about those whose kids have been in the foster care/Child Protective Services system. We have heard so many stories here of parents investigated for letting their kids play outside or wait a few minutes in the car. Suddenly, they had […]

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He did pretty well on his own, too.

Boy, 6, Left to Care for His Younger Siblings While Mom Away for Days

As we contemplate the family being investigated, the kids being stripped, and the dad doing time in jail,  all because of a pre-school child being left to nap in the car for 20 minutes during a Christmas errand, let’s remember it was not always thus. Children were considered hardy. While I don’t advocate leaving them […]

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The Future Begins in Play: Steven Johnson

This succinct, compelling TED Talk by Steven Johnson, author of How We Got to Now, explains that  many great inventions, including the computer, often began as simply new ways to play. The Free-Range corollary is that if we want to raise great inventors (or simply happy humans) we need to let kids do the same: […]

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