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A Daddy Tip for Aiming Toddlers Toward Independence

Hi Readers — Here’s a nice bit of advice from the daddy behind The Diaper Chronicles, Barack Levin. First, his biography, then his tips! I was born in 1970 in Tel Aviv, Israel and moved to Pittsburgh in 1996 to pursue my master’s degree. Shortly after my arrival I met a beautiful French woman named […]

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Free-Range Success — Thanks to Laziness!

Dear Readers — Here’s a success story from Plano, Texas! We live about 200 yards from the school.  Our block ends across the street from the front of the school.  The crossing guard is one street over (on our same block, so no need for kids to cross a street).  Yet, every single child on […]

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Has Anyone Seen My Son?! One Mom’s Story

Hi Readers! Here’s a story most of us can relate to, from mom of two Kelli Oliver George, whose funny, addictive blog is Rancid Raves. I LOST MY SON AT THE FAIR, BUT I FOUND HIM — SUPRISINGLY! NOT by Kelli Oliver George I thought about Free-Range Kids long and hard last night when I […]

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News Flash: Kids SAFER Than We Think!

Kudos to the Kansas City Star and reporters Eric Adler and Emily Van Zandt for their FRONT PAGE article yesterday (sent to use here by many readers – thanks!): “Statistics tell parents that the world is not so dangerous for their children” Listen to this! Despite the trepidation that naturally arises when releasing our kids […]

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Take the Free-Range Challenge! (It’s Almost Pathetically Easy)

Hey Free-Rangers! Here’s a cool idea I got from the gal who runs the blog  Mommy Wizdom. She said: Why not post a  Free-Range Challenge and have folks write in to say how it went? Sounds good to me! So here’s Free-Range Challenge #1,  based on a comment that just came into this site. A reader wrote: […]

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Kids Can Do More Than We Think

Kids rise to the occasion. That becomes abundantly  clear when we look at what kids get to do —  and are expected to do — in other countries, cultures, eras. Here’s a little note that just came in. I cannot think of anything my kids have done in school that rivals this for independence and […]

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Fourth Grader Lost in Wilderness Doesn’t Panic

I spend a lot of time trying to convince skeptics that “Free-Range” does not mean, “Send Your Kid Down the Mississippi on A Raft.” So when I present this article, it’s only because it delights me so: The story of a boy who will be in fourth grade next year who got lost in the wilderness […]

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Free-Range Kids Changes A Mom (And Two Childhoods)

Hi Readers — This letter, received today, made me cheer. For the mom, for the kids, for the movement! From a mom named Mia: I do very much wish to thank you for writing and sharing this blog.  It is changing my life and that of my children and I suppose you could call me a […]

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Are Kids Safer Because We Never Let Them Out Anymore?

Hi Readers! After hearing me on NPR on Tuesday talking about the fact that the crime rate is lower now than  in the 1970s and ’80s when many of us parents were  playing outside, a couple of commenters to this blog said: That’s because we’re keeping our kids inside now! They even suggested that I […]

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