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Let's hear it for the Mounties!

A Missing Kid and the Benefit of the Doubt

. This is how it’s SUPPOSED to work: Dear Free-Range Kids: I feel very fortunate that we live  in Northern Alberta, Canada, where the kids play outside all day, all year! Last summer, we had the biggest scare of our lives.  It was the last day of school and I was resting in my bedroom […]

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CAUTION! Warnings about trauma may be insulting and counter-productive.

A Traumatized Reader Discusses Trigger Warnings

. Recently we were talking about the trend on campus to require “trigger warnings” — warnings on material assigned for class that could potentially traumatize a student by triggering a flashback on some misery endured. We also discussed “microaggressions” — the idea also newly popular at college that students’ casual remarks could be construed as […]

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My mom told me I can't climb because I could fall and hurt myself.

Monkey Bars Are Not the Enemy

. If to a hammer, everything looks like a nail, to a pediatric surgeon, everything looks like a fall hazard. That’s how we end up with studies like the ones discussed below, which strike fear in the hearts of parents. There’s something sickening about the way we assess everything in terms of risk all the […]

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The kids are so wild they are shouting and stealing.

My Neighbors’ Kids are TOO Free-Range

. An honest letter about  a real problem: Kids given lots of freedom but, it seems, no behavior boundaries. Or boundary boundaries, for that matter: Hello Lenore. I’m a firm Free-Range mom, though to be honest I don’t give my children the freedom I’d like to, though not for fear of the boogey man, but […]

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Those are feathers!

Want Safer Kids? Send Them Into Traffic

. There are two ways to approach a risk: Try to spend your whole life avoiding it, or learn how to deal with it. In Germany, when it comes to kids, the authorities seem to be voting for Option B. Here’s a letter from a mom over there: Dear Free-Range Kids: Finally took a photo of […]

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