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What Becomes of a Helicoptered Kid?

Helicopter parents get a lot of blame and I don’t want to add to it. I want to end it. For the most part, parents helicopter because society DEMANDS it. There are schools that won’t let kids walk home on their own, and cops who chide parents who let their kids play outside. There are companies […]

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Why Do We Think We Can Create the Perfect Kid?

You’ve probably been hearing about a new book that takes aim at “parenting,” pointing out that we don’t “spouse” our spouses, we just love them and live with them. But once parents start TO parent, they often feel they are actually able to control the person their child becomes. (I’m pausing while you ruefully snort.) […]

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Brand New Fear! “Bounce Houses Too Hot” Says Study

. What happens when polio and smallpox aren’t taking their toll anymore? Well you just have to look a little harder to find an unspeakable menace stalking our kids. As so, reports this article from Science Daily: Heat safety issues in bounce houses can put children in danger, according to a new University of Georgia […]

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Don't you trust your own teen?  (Um...)

My Neighbors Spied on My Teen! (And Found Out Something Bad)

. Here’s an interesting dilemma: Dear Free-Range Kids:  . I live in a neighborhood that is very much a throw-back to the 1970’s, complete with a lot of split level houses and a pool that has a real diving board and a ten-foot diving well.  If kids can swim the length of the pool and […]

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Cheerio to the Days of Banning Frilly Socks as Tripping Hazards

. For a while, our cousins across the pond had a hard time distinguishing between the truly risky and and the truly ridiculous. Recall that in Britain last year, a school told a blind girl to stop using her cane, because it posed a tripping hazard to the other kids. This is also the country […]

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First I go, then you go, then we ignore Jimmy. Okay?

Stop Intervening When Kids Squabble

. . Here’s my theory: One reason parents/teachers/adults are spending so much time hovering over kids is that they are spending so much time hovering over kids.  What I mean is: It’s a vicious circle. (Or cycle. Never figured that out.) Anyway, when we spend a lot of time watching our kids, inevitably we will […]

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It's not ME saying to read this particular book, it's the "Coddling" guy!

The Antidote to Fragile Kids on Campus?

. Jonathan Haidt, the NYU Professor who, with First Amendment firebrand Greg Lukianoff co-authored the explosive Atlantic piece,”The Coddling of the American Mind,” was asked how to prevent another wave of kids on campus who can’t handle reading a disturbing book, or sharing the campus with a visiting speaker whose views contrast with their own. He […]

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