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Why Are Kids So “Bad” at Playing Tag?

Occupational therapist Angela Hanscom is founder of the New England nature-based program TimberNook, and author of a bunch of fascinating articles, including “Why So Many Kids Can’t Sit Still in School Today.” Her latest piece is about how we’re inadvertently depriving children of the opportunity to learn how to use their muscles, which leads them […]

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Why would a boy hang out with someone my age?

Why Is That Old Man Hanging Out with That Kid at The Museum?

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a story about what happened when an old man started to hang out with a boy he met at the museum. Can you imagine this unfolding the same way today? When Dave Schwartz was a boy, his father was constantly in the hospital, and his mother would drop him at the […]

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Was this Footage FAKED? Children Walk on EARTH!

Love this video that I snagged from The Atlantic (thanks to old pal Peter Rabinowitz!). As I like to point out at talks I give: In my day, there was “arrival” at school, and “dismissal.” Now it’s “drop off” and “pick up” — as if the kids have become FedEx packages. – L

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Boy, 10, crosses bridge on bike.

Boy, 10, Bikes 20 Miles into NYC. Arrest the Parents?

Did you hear about the 10-year-old who rode his bike across the George Washington Bridge to New York City?! He says he, “pedaled twenty miles down unfamiliar roads and busy streets, past neighbors and strangers, out into the unknown….I didn’t need help form anyone. It took me all day, but I found the way and did […]

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Meet your kindergartener at the bus...or ELSE.

Meet Your Kindergartener at the Bus…or ELSE

It happened about 1,600 times in the last school year: Bus drivers in Hillsborough County arrived at the bus stops in the afternoon with kindergarten students who had no parents or guardians to meet them. So begins an article in Florida’s Tampa Bay Times describing the terrible scourge of parents who trust their kids to walk […]

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Izzy Skenazy, back when he rode the subway alone as a 9 year old.

Comments By a Nervous Mom After Hearing My Speech

Readers — A mom sent this to me after hearing my talk. (To book me, see my lenorespeaks.com page.) What I appreciate about this note is how hard it is to counter the constant fear  we’ve been conditioned to feel, and how brave and bracing it is to start fighting back. – L. Dear Lenore […]

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What seems like "common sense" and "just normal safety" here in the U.S. stuns moms from other places.

How American Parenting Looks to the Rest of the World

Readers, here are some tidbits from “24 Surprising Things about Parenting in the United States,” a project on the blog A Cup of Jo by New York mom Joanna Goddard. The author interviewed nine moms who grew up abroad and are raising their kids here. Boldface mine: On safety: I was surprised by how supervised children […]

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