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Play on a Third World Playground — Check!

 Hi folks! Our Sunday reading comes to us from far away — Hyderabad, India. It’s by Stephanie Smith Diamond who writes, runs, and studies for her master’s degree in political science there. She blogs at Where in the World Am I?  – L. Dear Free-Range Kids: I recently came across your blog and read your book. I’d […]

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Ban Chairs — Not Tag

 Hi Folks! This comes to us from Heather Shumaker, author of It’s OK Not to Share…And Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids (Tarcher/ Penguin, 2012), which was named one of the Best Parenting Books of 2012 by Parents magazine.  She’s a speaker, blogger and advocate for free play and no homework for young children who lives […]

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Take Your Eyes Off Your Kids!

Take Your Eyes Off Your Kids!

Hi Readers — I love and agree with the post below so much. It comes to us from the blog Life as an Adverb by the gal whose last name IS one: Bonnie Overly. – L.  KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE GOAL (AND TAKE THEM OFF YOUR KIDS ONCE IN A WHILE) by Bonnie Overly […]

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Help Needed: How Bow Out of “Girl Drama” With Other Grade School Moms?

Hi Folks! Here’s a mom who requests your help on one of the issues of the day: The out-sourcing of playground squabbles to parents.  I DO believe in being tuned in our kids, and  providing them with comfort, support, wisdom and discipline. But what happens when the world around us expects something else: minute-by-minute involvement? […]

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The List Her Daughter Scribbled on the Wall

Hey Readers — This came in as a comment to the post below this one, about a mom named Tara who wants to be Free-Range, but can’t help dark, scary thoughts taking over brain. It’s a reminder that even though we cannot protect our kids from everything bad, we can still move beyond the Rapunzel […]

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Guest Post:  Can We "Addict" Kids to Outdoor Play?

Guest Post: Can We “Addict” Kids to Outdoor Play?

Hi Folks! Here’s another essay by David Bond, the British filmmaker working on Project Wild Thing, a documentary about trying to market nature. I think he’s really onto something with the idea of fighting fire with fire – or at least salesmanship with salesmanship. Except nature doesn’t have a marketing budget. – L. Me – The […]

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And what did YOUR family deal with, Free-Range-wise, this past year?

SUBMISSIONS NEEDED: Your Best or Worst Free-Range Moments of the Year!

Hi Folks! This being the round-up time of year, I’m wondering if maybe we shouldn’t be doing a round-up of our own. To that end, I’d love you to submit, below, any Free-Range moment that warmed your heart…or any incident of totally unnecessary worrying/warning/coddling/chiding/CYA-ing or waiver-writing that you witnessed or had to deal with when […]

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The Most Important Free-Range Kids Post So Far

Hi Readers — This note arrived about three years ago and I was saving it for some reason. It almost became my sacred creed. Now I want to run it.  It needs no intro except: She’s right. — L. Dear Lenore, We spend a lot of time trying to control for risks in the lives […]

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