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San Francisco Getting Rid of Sand at its Playgrounds

Don’t bother bringing a plastic shovel when you head to a San Francisco playground anymore. The city is getting rid of all its sand at all its local playgrounds. You know why. Of course you do. According to this report by Christin Ayers at KCBS, the city regards sandboxes as unsafe. Suddenly. Connie Chan, a […]

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Young Man Travels World with “Mom I’m Fine” Sign

Any mom seeing these videos of her son traveling the world would probably feel reassurance, pride… And a jolt of new worry. That is the lot even of the freest of Free-Range parents. As someone once said (and I’m mangling it): Courage is the thing with wet pants. It’s not that Free-Rangers don’t worry. It’s […]

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A quick-thinking 7-year-old drove her dad's car after she passed out.

Brooklyn Girl, 7, Drives Car After Dad Passes Out

A 7-year-old Brooklyn girl was in the backseat, in her seatbelt, out for a drive with her dad when suddenly he  passed out, seemingly  from a drug overdose. The girl unbuckled her belt, jumped onto his lap and proceeded to steer the car. Two emergency medical technicians spotted her and one, Arlene Garcia, started yelling at […]

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As sweet as a Twinkie.

Eating Twinkies with God…and a Free-Range Kid

Not sure why this 2-minute film was made, but I think you’ll like it. It’s a little treacly and fake, and yet…I’m misting up. And if you can’t quite understand what the kid says when his mom asks where he’s going, he says, “I’m going to find God.” Gotta love a kid who takes the […]

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Drop it? Lick it!

Lick, Don’t Wash, Your Baby’s Dropped Pacifier

News you can use, from an NPR interview with Jack Gilbert, author of Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System.  After the birth of his second child, Gilbert, a scientist who studies microbial ecosystems at the University of Chicago, decided to find out what’s actually known about the risks involved when […]

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