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“How to Use Mouthwash While Pregnant” — Real Article

Wondering just how OCD our culture can get when it comes to child safety? In a recent post by a woman worried sick about everything she ate, drank and did while pregnant, she mentioned an article that actually explained “How to Use Mouthwash While Pregnant.” It tells pregnant women to stop using any mouthwash with alcohol […]

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Men allowed...but distrusted.

At My Church, I Can’t Even Be Alone in a HALLWAY with a Child,

Readers — Have you heard of this program? Is there  a way to counter its draconian decrees? Dear Free-Range Kids: I have been a volunteer for many years at my church, but now we have a new pastor, and he brought with him this child care worker training program called “MinistrySafe.” While it is just a […]

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Come out, come out!

Walking to School is Less Dangerous than NOT Walking

The next time you are having issues with your school (or neighbors, or ex) about letting your child walk home, please print this out. Point by point it explains how walking is not just healthy and fun, it’s actually safer than insisting children NOT walk. This comes to us from Michael Lewyn, an associate professor at […]

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Didn't "School Crossing" signs used to have younger looking silhouettes?

School Won’t Let My Kids Walk Home 2 Quiet Blocks

Have any of you come up with a workable solution to schools that won’t let parents decide how their kids get home? This is something we could all use — especially this mom: Dear Free-Range Kids: I am hoping that you might have some resources and/or know of people to point me to who can […]

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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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Of course we recognize you! And so does the system.

Welcome to School! No Entry Without Your Fingerprint

. Old school school security irked me because it was so pointless: Write your name on a sheet, show ID, get a sticker. Plain busywork. But school security has ballooned since Sandy Hook and now in addition to being pro-forma, it is also wildly expensive, diverting funds from anything remotely educational. So kudos to Sasha […]

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These are not the steps the boy died on. But I needed a photo and did not want to show the boy himself.

Is Newspaper Trying to Make this 5-Year-Old’s Death EVEN SADDER?

. If you can stand it, please take a look at this article from the Sydney Morning Herald about the death of a 5-year-old boy who tripped on his pre-school’s steps. Is it just me or is the way it’s presented…sickening? The story features photo after photo of the sweet-looking child: five of them, one sadder […]

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Thanks for the microbes, buddy!

Doggie Slobber is Good for Kids

. Here’s a tail-wagging excerpt from a book you might want to fetch: Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World, reprinted by permission of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. It’s by the power team of Dr. Brett Finlay, a microbiologist specializing in bacterial infections who is also the Peter Wall Distinguished Professor at the […]

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All reading and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All reading and no play makes Jack....

“My Child Is Getting Too Much Playtime in Pre-School”

. This just popped up on a neighborhood listserv: Just a quick question about preK: my child is in preK at [local school] and I’ve been a little surprised that they haven’t been doing anything educational.  My child was in preschool at [other local place] before and they used to read books, paint, practice letters, […]

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