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Boy Scouts Can’t Squirt Squirt Guns at Each Other and Must Use Goggles

Boy Scouts can’t shoot squirt guns at each other. Here’s the rulebook (see page 99). And here’s the article for Boy Scout leaders that points out:  “Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.” Water balloons, meanwhile, have a size limit: “For water balloons, use small, biodegradable balloons, […]

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Swing #1: "Boy am I tired of representing a missing child." Swing #2: "Tell me about it."

Puppies, Predators, Parks, Paranoia, The BBC…and Me

  . Let’s hear it for the reporter in this BBC report on the Joey Salads puppy/park/predator video. She takes him to task for pulling the “700 children are abducted a day” factoid out of his fannypack. (Or, worse, randomly off the Internet.) What I do not love is that, of course, many of my […]

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I'll be at 85th and Fifth for "Take Our Children to the Park" day this Saturdat at 10 a.m., with Peter Gray!

“Leave Your Kids at the Park” Day is SATURDAY: Spread the Word!

“Leave Your Kids…” is the slightly derogatory nickname for what is, officially, “Take Our Children to the Park…and Let Them Walk Home by Themselves Day,” which, for the record, used to be, “Take Our Children to the Park…And Leave Them There Day.” No matter what you call it, the actual holiday is THIS SATURDAY. WHAT […]

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UPDATE: “Over 700 Children are Abducted a Day” Says Viral Video

. This pseudo-helpful video, posted Saturday, is viral in every sense of the word. It already has nearly a million views,  which means that people are sharing it like crazy, convinced that its creator, Joey Salads, is doing something other than creating terror, angst and hate with his Stranger Danger “social experiment.” But he’s not. As […]

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Gever and a budding tinkerer.

Gever Tulley’s Latest Dangerous Idea

. Gever Tulley is a big-time hero of mine. He did one of the earliest, best Ted Talks: “5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do.” He also founded the Tinkering School in San Fran (and elsewhere now, too), where young kids are given power tools and encouragement. Then he and his wife Julie […]

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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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A Cop Sees a Girl Alone at the Park, And Then — a Shock

. A reader writes: Dear Lenore: My ex father in law is in the hospital. Yesterday we went to a park in Hackensack [NJ] and Elizabeth 6 was having fun and I was cold so I was sitting in the car watching sort of. Elizabeth knew she could come to the car anytime. I looked […]

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NYC Elementary School* To Kids: No More Homework — Go Play!

As a longtime fan of Sara Bennett and her Stop Homework movement, I was thrilled she sent this link today about a Manhattan public school that has decided to ditch homework. Then I was doubly thrilled to see: This is the school my own kids attended! It’s just a few blocks from the Empire State Building — a beacon […]

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