Archive | Zingers and retorts

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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Think back on all the fun YOU had...and give it to your kids.

How to Start Free-Ranging! (With Help from “Ask Amy”)

Hi Readers — I give you today’s “Ask Amy” column titled, “Kids, Like Chicken, Should Be Free-Range.” THANK YOU, AMY! Read her sage advice and then take the Free-Range Kids Challenge of the Weekend: Dear Amy:My wife and I think it might be a good idea to let our 10-year-old son explore the city in which we […]

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Thomas Friedman Endorses Free-Range Kids (Sort of)*

Thomas Friedman Endorses Free-Range Kids (Sort of)*

Readers — Here’s a sit-up-and-go-yikes oped by Thomas Friedman of the The New York Times. Friedman sort of specializes in these, but this one talks in particular about how we are facing a “401k future.” That is: Unlike the salad days of long-term jobs and pensions, we’re in a new era of morphing and even […]

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