Are Kids Safer Because We Never Let Them Out Anymore?

Hi Readers! After hearing me on NPR on Tuesday talking about the fact that the crime rate is lower now than  in the 1970s and ’80s when many of us parents were  playing outside, a couple of commenters to this blog said: That’s because we’re keeping our kids inside now! They even suggested that I […]

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Extreme Advice

From the SafeKids.org page of advice to parents of kids ages 5-9: “Never leave your child alone in a car, even for a minute.” A minute? Lenore

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Needed: Minneapolis parent who lets kid take public transportation

Hi Readers! A Minneapolis paper is doing a story on Free-Range Kids and needs to find a local parent who lets his/her kid ride the light rail alone. Preferably a kid who is not shaving/driving/working as an accountant yet.  If that Free-Range Parent happens to be YOU and you’re willing to be interviewed and photographed, please let me […]

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Why Is Congress “Protecting” Children from Books?

Hi, Free-Rangers: Here’s a really thought-provoking (okay, outrage-provoking) guest blog from Rick Woldenberg, a businessman in Illinois who believes in safety, but not in spending millions to protect our our children from nearly  non-existent dangers. Read on! By Rick Woldenberg  Readers of Free-Range Kids may not be surprised to learn that Congress has enacted far-reaching […]

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Traveling with (Virtual) Mom

Summer beckons, with its eternal promise of freedom. Unless you are Harry Wilder. Harry is a 19-year-old British student who plans to travel across Australia, Thailand and South Africa this season…with a GPS tracking device called the “Traakit” in his pocket. The Traakit will let his mom pinpoint his location to within 15 feet and […]

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Why One Mom Lets Her Son Walk to the Bus Stop Now

Hi Folks! Here’s a short, sweet post by Seattle reporter Denise Gonzalez-Walker, who did something radical: She met her neighbors. It changed the way she’s raising her son: By Denise Gonzalez-Walker   I recently finished a temporary job that gave me new perspective on the Free-Range philosophy. Working as a U.S. Census canvasser, I went door-to-door […]

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“Free-Range Kids” Book Talk

The other night I gave a book talk — second in my life — at the Barnes & Noble in Park Slope, Brooklyn. If you’d like to hear some of the highlights, here you go. Two little videos of me doing my Free-Range thing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEKlZO6xXWg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ivK-VwShHE Meantime, a very happy three-day weekend to all! — Lenore

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