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Sometimes a windowless white van is just a windowless white van. In fact, almost always.

BREAKING NEWS: NEW STUDY SHOWS HUGE DROP IN STRANGER-DANGER CHILD MURDERS

. Here’s an excerpt from my piece in today’s Wall Street Journal: A Parent’s Nightmare—Increasingly Unlikely by Lenore Skenazy In the past two decades stranger-danger child murders have dropped enormously, according to a new Justice Department report. In 1997 there were 115 “stereotypical” kidnappings of children under age 17—“stereotypical” roughly translating to “like the ones […]

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Am I really more dangerous than a stranger???

You Know What’s REALLY Dangerous for Kids?

“That’s dangerous!” Most of us parents have had that shouted at us at some point — often when we’re letting our kids do something that is, statistically, not very dangerous at all, like letting a 3 year old nap in the car while we pay for the gas, or letting our 7-year-old walk to the […]

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Thank you for shopping at Walmart, you disgusting pervert.

Greeter at Walmart Calls 911 on Dad She Thought was a Kidnapper

Readers — Here’s a long blog post by a mom whose husband left Walmart with their daughter while she finished checking out. The greeter assumed the father was an abductor even after she — the greeter — followed the duo out to the car and asked the girl, “Who is this man  with you, sweetie?” […]

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Let them bloom and grow...

Unsupervised Kids at the Park: Tomorrow and Forever

Readers, tomorrow is Take Our Children to the Park…and Leave Them There Day, our fifth annual celebration of the once very normal, unremarkable activity called KIDS PLAYING WITH OTHER KIDS, without a security detail. To celebrate, just take or send your children, generally about age 7 and up, to your local park at around 10 […]

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easter egg hunt rules

Of Easter Eggs and Kidnapping

Readers — A friend who’d like to be identified only as Catherine L. posted the  rules from her town’s Easter Egg hunt (above) on Facebook. These include:  Wristbands indicate the age group of each child and the number on the band matches the number issued to the parent. After each hunt, children will be released […]

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“Why Are You Doing That to Your Child???” (I.e., Making Her Walk)

Hey Readers — I’m sorry this visitor experienced America as a nation of buttinskis convinced that kids are in constant peril of snatching or (God forbid) fatigue.  Maybe by the time she comes back, the country  will have changed! – L Dear Free-Range Kids: I am Australian and last year I went on a big US […]

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