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Park Slope, Brooklyn, where crossing the street is not taken lightly.

Letting My ONLY CHILD, Age 6, Cross the Busy Street by Herself

It’s spring. Time to let the kids have some of the freedom we all enjoyed. Study after study shows that kids NEED free time and independence for the sake of their bodies, minds, spirit. Here’s how one mom — and her child — took the leap: I live in Park Slope, a largely residential but very urban […]

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Not all dots pose a threat to kids.

My Interview in Salon about Sex Offenders & Child Safety

This past Sunday I held a “Sex Offender Brunch.” Doesn’t everyone? A few days later a reporter from Salon called me up to ask about it. So here’s an excerpt from what I told her. And here’s my piece in the NY Daily News also about the brunch. (This story is lasting as long as […]

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Who gets to rule on how we raise our kids?

How Come CPS Gets to Decide If Kids Can Walk Outside?

Here’s a great comment on the post below this one, about the Meitiv case. They Meitivs were, of course, investigated for letting their 10 and 6 year old kids walk home together from the park in suburban Maryland: I think we need to start lobbying state legislatures for reasonable laws that provide some clarity and security […]

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Let's not assume that kids playing or walking outside are "neglected."

NPR Report on Free-Range Kids Seems to Assume “Times Have Changed”

Let me know what you think of this 4-minute piece that just aired on NPR’s Morning Edition about that newfangled idea called “Free-Range Parenting.” (No, I was not interviewed for it.) The story points out that we are hearing more and more about parents arrested for letting their kids play outside or wait a short […]

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students, go home and ask your parents if you can do something new that you are ready for.

When Schools Do the “Free-Range Kids Project”

On my show (3 episodes air tonight starting at 5:30/4:30 Central Time on Discovery Life), I give the children of very anxious parents a task to do that they seem ready for — even if their parents aren’t. They walk to school, make dinner, ride a bike. And usually, when the parents see their kids […]

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Children have the right to be outside, unsupervised. Parents have the right to let them go.

The Free-Range Kids & Parents Bill of Rights

These are our rights, as parents, as kids, as humans. The short Free-Range Kids and Parent Bill of Rights is this: Children have the right to some unsupervised time, and parents have the right to give it to them without getting arrested. Here is the longer version. Think with me on how we can get them […]

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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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