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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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Thank you, Free-Range Kids!

“Free-Range Kids is a Dream Come True for Pedophiles”

Readers — After we questioned the wisdom of a TV talk show psychologist who told Boston viewers to only let kids out in “short spurts” and then only once they reach age 11, the aggrieved psychologist posted a link to this blog, which I hadn’t seen before. I’ll give you just a taste: Lenore Skenazy’s Free-Range […]

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Could Your Town Get Kids Walking to School Like This One Does?

Readers — Enough with the craziness. Let’s leave on a high note with this video, below. And a shout out to my neighbor, Clarence Eckerson, Jr., for making it! Lakewood, Ohio: The Suburb Where Everyone Can Walk to School  by Clarence Eckerson, Jr. The inner Cleveland suburb of Lakewood (population 51,000) calls itself a “walking school […]

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How come only troubled rich kids are sent to spend time in nature, asks Wendy Mogel.

All Hail Wendy Mogel’s “Overparenting Anon” List

Folks — Wendy Mogel got the anti-helicopter parenting movement rolling with her book, ‘The Blessings of a Skinned Knee.” Here’s a taste of her fabulous “Overparenting Anonymous” List that I wish I had tattooed (just for the first 20 years or so) on my arm: OVERPARENTING ANONYMOUS A 26-step program for good parents gone bad, […]

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Wrong. Just don't go OFF with them.

A New Take on Stranger Danger

Hi Readers — This made my day! Dear Free-Range Kids: Thought I would share a conversation I overheard today at my daughter’s school.  I went to pick up my 6 year old from her after school program and arrived just in time to hear her speaking to a friend and the friend’s mother.  I didn’t […]

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Terrifying Halloween Footage of REAL CHILDREN!

Readers — Spread this video! Here are the facts about strangers poisoning candy. And yet, TRY to find a TV station or newspaper that doesn’t tell parents: “Always check your child’s candy and throw out any unwrapped items.” Meantime, many, many thanks to Ezra Horne who edited this video for us! Here’s his youtube channel and Twitter […]

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Serial Killers and Free-Range Moms

Serial Killers and Free-Range Moms

Hi Readers! For Americans, this is a holiday weekend when we celebrate freedom, so here’s a nice little note that celebrates exactly that: Freedom…from fear. It comes to us from Hannah Zuniga in Reno, NV, who thanks both me and you! – L DearFree-Range Kids: I’ve always had a macabre interest in serial killers. I read […]

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"How Do I Deal with The Fear My Son will be Snatched?"

“How Do I Deal with The Fear My Son will be Snatched?”

Readers —  The fear of kidnapping is so huge, it is overwhelming a lot of parents. How can they possibly put it in perspective? Here’s some help — from you! Both comments appeared on the post below this one, about a mom who lets her son ride his bike around town: …I’d  like to know […]

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Why American Kids Will Not Rule the World

Why American Kids Will Not Rule the World

Hi Readers! Christine Gross-Loh’s articles on HuffPo have been generating a lot of attention — with reason. She’s great! Thanks to her global perspective, she can attest that the worry and hovering so common in America represent a distinct and unusual type of parenting, not just the “instinct” many here feel it is. Meantime, she’s […]

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