My spidey sense tells me he or she is about to prey upon our precious children.

To Volunteer, All You Have to do Is…

. Below is just one of several letters I’ve gotten recently from parents frustrated or furious about having to get background checked before they can do something as simple as coach T-ball, or chaperon kids on a field trip. The idea is that somehow, in the time a parent is shepherding a gaggle of goofy […]

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An insurance nightmare.

Horrible Insurance Advice

. This is how insurance companies think, blame and change our culture. The paragraph below appears at the top of the  “Effective Playground Supervision” page  on the site of West Bend Mutual Insurance. West Bend insures the “businesses that many standard-lines companies shy away from” including, “daycares, fitness centers, swim clubs, summer camps and non-profit organizations.” Just […]

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Those boys were braver than I'll ever be!

Boys 10 & 11 Save Two Kids from Burning Home

. Wait…isn’t there a family in Florida who had their kids taken away because the 11 year old was unsupervised for 90 minutes? Maybe the authorities can watch this video and remember that kids who are 11 are not babies. In fact, they can SAVE them. Even in Florida! Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com \ […]

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Oh no! MORE of them! Our poor children!

A Truck Drove by The Bus Stop!

. This was a  notice sent out by an Iowa school district. As the resident who sent it to me wrote, “Evidently it is now a crime to even speak to a child waiting for the bus. Two men in a truck! Everybody run!” (Boldface mine.) Subject: Stranger Danger Alert: 1300 Block of NW 92nd Street, Clive […]

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"Oliver! To step down, put one foot lower than the other and have your body follow."

No Child Left Un-assisted: A Day at the Playground

. A dismaying letter followed by an infuriating news item. Aren’t you glad you got up today? Dear Free-Range Kids:  . My girlfriend and I were strolling through the Western North Carolina Nature Center. There’s a lovely climbing structure for the kids that is supposed to resemble a spider’s web. Though there is the usual soft material […]

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