Dear Australia: Dwelling on rare tragedies  is not healthy or helpful.

UPDATE: The Day for Daniel

. I believe in the message that this “Day” is trying to send: Recognize, resist and report abuse. But… yikes:  . Dear Free-Range Kids: I sent my daughter to school yesterday wearing red. I wasn’t sure why, but my daughter told me it was an out-of-uniform day, so I helped her pick an outfit.  . I was […]

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Why don't we round up all the Jack O Lanterns, too? They molest about as many kids as Registered Sex Offenders on Halloween.

Sex Offenders on Halloween: The Really Scary Part

. From poison candy to prowling predators, we keep confusing Halloween’s “spookiness” with actual dangers to our kids. Having scared ourselves to death, we then insist on making the the day ever more supervised. How far overboard can we go? Here’s a wonderful piece by Anat Rubin at The Marshall Project, titled, “This is What […]

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There's a difference between helicopter parents and the mentally ill.

“What Was Your Worst Experience as the Child of Helicopter Parents?”

. Riveting thread on Reddit: “Children of Helicopter Parents: What was the worst or most embarrassing thing they put you through?” Particularly interesting is the idea that the parents described below are simply “overprotective.” They sound much more seriously ill than that. We live in a society that almost INSISTS we overprotect our kids, on […]

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If you think people are giving out Ecstasy to kids you must be high.

No, Your Neighbors are NOT Going to Give Your Trick or Treater Ecstasy

. I’ve been wanting to stick a stake through this latest HUM (Halloween Urban Myth) for a week now, but darned if Janelle at RenegadeMothering didn’t go and do a fantastic job of same, which some of you sent me. (Thanks!) Her post, “Dear Internet, Nobody’s Going to Put Ecstasy in Your Kids’ Candy” begins: […]

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Autistic Man in Jail for Talking to Some Kids

. A Philadelphia area man with autism is being held on $100,000 bail for talking to some children. The man, Daniel Lee, 26, of Wayne, PA,  spoke to a group of three siblings, 8, 9 and 10 on Wednesday, asking them about their school and telling them he was on his way to a cabin […]

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Look at this cool thing I discovered! It's called "being outside!"

Kids and Metal Detecting: A Great Match!

  . I got a very sweet note from a guy named Daniel asking if he could write a piece for us about metal detecting. “As you can probably tell from my email address, I do help run, and the piece does include a link back to my site. But not to a product page or […]

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