While the parents were shopping at a garage sale, their kids went HOME ALONE.

“I Found Myself Agreeing with Your Work…But I Wasn’t Letting Go”

From Tamara Treber, a high school English teacher, comes this story she calls her “Reality Check.” Dear Free-Range Kids: My husband and I have two kids (ages 7 and 5).  We live in an impoverished, largely agricultural area of Central California.  Nevertheless, we have a nicely appointed home on a quiet cul-de-sac.  I read your […]

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One camp rule: Feel free to hunt for velociraptors.

A Camp with Only 3 Rules

James Davis, a summer camp consultant and summer camp director, lives in Dover, NH. He wrote to tell me about his Free-Range-y camp. I like what I heard.  But having spoken at many camp conferences, I’ve come to believe that overnight camp is inherently Free-Range, in that the kids are away from their parents. There’s just […]

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Park Slope, Brooklyn, where crossing the street is not taken lightly.

Letting My ONLY CHILD, Age 6, Cross the Busy Street by Herself

It’s spring. Time to let the kids have some of the freedom we all enjoyed. Study after study shows that kids NEED free time and independence for the sake of their bodies, minds, spirit. Here’s how one mom — and her child — took the leap: I live in Park Slope, a largely residential but very urban […]

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Sometimes a man grabbing terrified kids just does the heart good.

Let’s Hear it For Strangers Grabbing Kids!

This story comes to us from a reader named Steve who boils it down thusly: Three kids are standing outside their house.   When a stranger gets out of his car, running toward them and yelling, they run inside, probably afraid of the guy acting crazy.   Nevertheless, the stranger follows the kids into the […]

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My “Sex Offender Brunch”

. Meet my friends on the registry, Josh Gravens and Galen Baughman: . \ . I wrote  about my brunch in The New York Daily News. Here’s to laws that actually do what they’re supposed to — protect kids — instead of ruining the lives of people who do not pose a threat to them. – […]

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What a Suicidal Pilot Can Teach Us about Trying to Predict All Risk

. Like everyone else, I wish that the suicidal Germanwings pilot had been stopped from boarding the plane. I even think it makes sense for Europe to copy our “two people in the cockpit at all times” rule. Nonetheless,  I love this essay by Stacey Gordon on her blog Xray Vision about the impossibility of predicting and […]

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Help! Hellllllp!

Why Are Kids So “Bad” at Playing Tag?

Occupational therapist Angela Hanscom is founder of the New England nature-based program TimberNook, and author of a bunch of fascinating articles, including “Why So Many Kids Can’t Sit Still in School Today.” Her latest piece is about how we’re inadvertently depriving children of the opportunity to learn how to use their muscles, which leads them […]

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