How did children ever learn to drink water WITHOUT one of these?

At Last! A $129 Interactive Water Bottle for Kids!

Here you go, parents! A bottle that helps kids, um, drink water, thanks to educational game content, a sip-tracking app, smart-phone interactivity, and animated friends. Here’s what the bottle’s Amazon page says: Meet Gululu, the interactive water bottle that keeps us playful and healthy – perfect for children 3+, Gululu motivates kids of all ages […]

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Teacher Barry White, shaking things up.

Best 1-Minute Teacher Video Ever?

Every Single Kid Gets a Personalized Handshake Here’s a heartwarming story about a North Carolina teacher, Barry White — but basically it’s just an excuse to show this fantastic video. All I have to add is this: I once heard that NO programs work when it comes to changing kids. This revolted me! Then the […]

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Toby, the "dog" that was "missing."

What Happens if a Man in a Van Really IS Looking for His Lost Dog?

Here’s a kind of wacky thing that happened in Louisiana last week, courtesy of Ashleigh “Flossy” Dowden, who describes herself as a “mom, wife, sister, actual ex-felon, proudly progressive political pain in the ass, crazy cat lady, dirty joke teller, and garden geek who lives in the neighborhood spooky house.”  . Okay then! Here’s the […]

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A map of the ever shrinking circumference of childhood, from The Daily Mail.

How Children Lost the Right to Roam in Just 4 Generations

This Daily Mail piece by David Derbyshire is so profound it has been cited over and over: How Children Lost the Right to Roam in Four Generations: an interview with four generations of the same family about how far they were allowed to wander as kids. It comes from Britain but will sound familiar to […]

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Anna Borden and her Free-Range family.

Proud of My Free-Range Stepson — and Son!

This reassuring note comes to us from Anna Borden, a stay-at-home mom from Enderby, British Columbia, mom of Dexx (stepson, currently 13), Wesley (4), and Rylee (3). I met her at a talk I gave in the Canadian town of Salmon Arm (!) last week: Dear Free-Range Kids: I got the pleasure of being a […]

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This picture was by Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff. It was too enchanting not to reprint!

A Man, A Van, A Plan — And It’s Not Scary

Gotta love this guy! Guisepe Spadafora travels around the U.S. serving free tea from his mini bus, creating community just by opening his doors and inviting people in. What a nice little reminder that you can be a man with a van — a stranger with a van — and not a predator! Kudos to […]

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