News Flash: Kids SAFER Than We Think!

Kudos to the Kansas City Star and reporters Eric Adler and Emily Van Zandt for their FRONT PAGE article yesterday (sent to use here by many readers – thanks!): “Statistics tell parents that the world is not so dangerous for their children” Listen to this! Despite the trepidation that naturally arises when releasing our kids […]

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Free-Ranging in Less Obvious Ways

Hi Readers! This essay, from Leah R. Weiss Caruso, talks about the less visible side of Free-Range parenting. The part about letting our kids learn from their mistakes — and giving them the freeom to make mistakes at all. One of the chapters of my book is called, “Fail! It’s the New ‘Succeed!’” Leah, a Cleveland […]

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Burn Your “Sex Offender” Map

Okay, here is some weekend reading to sink your teeth into. It’s an article from the Economist: “Unjust and Ineffective: America has pioneered the harsh punishment of sex offdenders. Does It Work?” The short answer is “No.” We are putting people on sex offender registries who do not belong there at all. People who peed […]

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When Librarians Meant Business!

Just purchased, for 35 cents, a slim German text book last checked out of New York’s DeWitt Clinton High School in Feb. of 1931. (By Aaron Weiss, if you were wondering. It says so on the call slip.) What really got me is the “Law of the State of New York. Education Law – Section […]

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Why Does My Neighbor Trust Her Kid at the Bus Stop, And I Don’t?

Hi Readers! Here’s an honest reflection by writer/editor/mom of two, Denise Schipani, whose blog is Confessions of a Mean Mommy.  The Bus Stop Conundrum: To Free-Range or Not Free-Range? By Denise Schipani Last fall, a new family moved into our neighborhood, and on the first day of school, there was a new girl at our little bus stop. […]

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Outrage of the Week Demoted to Not-Quite-An-Outrage!

Hey, this is just terrific news! Eagle Place Townhomes in Colorado has lifted its ban that forbid ANY CHILD UNDER AGE 16 FROM PLAYING OUTSIDE WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION. Let’s hear it for the power of the press! An article in the Boulder Camera earlier this week highlighted the Townhomes’  bylaws that began, “While children bring such joy to our lives […]

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Riding Lessons

Readers: Here’s a lovely piece about …well, not exactly about any Free-Range issue in particular. But it sure resonates. — Lenore By Julie Ann Kodmur   Who knew how much you could learn from a bunch of horses?! Certainly not me – until my then-3 year old daughter started taking lessons at a humble barn in the […]

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No More Sleepovers?!

The latest victim of parental terror? Sleepovers. According to this AP story by Kelli Kennedy, parents are afraid of everything from junk food to “inappropriate” movies, to Internet surfing, to the possibility of  their children being drugged and raped.  The modern parental thinking method applies: Since a drugging/fondling incident DID happen once, and since it was ON […]

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