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Can you leave kids outside the bathroom for a moment at Target?

Dispatches from the Busybody Wars: The Bathroom at Target

Readers — Just a note from a mom of three named April who lives in Oakley, Cal: Dear Free-Range Kids: I feel like I am surrounded by hysterical suburb moms and they are always on the “right” side of the argument bc it is all about “protecting children and keeping them safe.”  It’s hard to […]

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Kari Anne Roy and her son, Isaac. Should he NOT be allowed to play outside?

Cops and CPS Interrogate Mom Who Let 6 y.o. Play Outside

Readers — I published this on Reason.com, hoping to get attention for this case. BUT once again, I do not want it scaring parents into quarantining their kids. I just want to spread the outrage, the way outrage spread in the wake of cops arresting Debra Harrell, the McDonald’s worker who let her 9-year-old play […]

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Watch Police Interrogate the Mom Jailed for Letting her Daughter Play at Park

Readers — This is a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what happened when Debra Harrell was taken into police custody for letting her  9 year old play at a popular park while she worked her shift at McDonald’s. WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken The interrogating officer is so officious that it is disturbing to watch. How wonderful, then, that Harrell has since […]

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Sometimes it is FINE to let sleeping kids lie. Photo source: Pixabay.

Kids More Likely to Die OUTSIDE of Cars than Waiting IN Them: New York Post

Readers, I am thrilled that Andrea Peyser had the guts to put our kids-waiting-in-cars hysteria into focus. From her column today: “We’ve become hyper-fearful about any children being left alone for even a second,’’ said Lenore Skenazy, a public speaker and author of “Free-Range Kids, How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts With […]

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if you see something poster

“If You See Something, Say Something” — Terrible Advice?

Readers — This whole “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign makes me crazy, since it completely legitimizes — nay, DEMANDS — worst-first thinking: “Oh, a brown paper bag on the subway. It’s not that someone forgot her lunch, it’s PROBABLY A NUKE! I must alert the authorities!” Likewise, when it comes to parenting, we now have […]

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Reports of uninvolved bystanders led to hyper-involvement today.

How Kitty Genovese Changed Childhood

From my piece on Time.com today. (Time writes the headlines, not me): How Kitty Genovese Destroyed Childhood We once may have been too slow to call the cops. Now we’ll dial 911 if we see a couple kids walking alone to get pizza. by Lenore Skenazy Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death 50 years ago today. […]

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