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Time to go inside, kids!

“We Stayed Out till The Streetlights Came On. But Times Have Changed”

. “Of course we ran around as kids. Happiest days of my life! But times are different today…” To those who say that, here is this, from Johan Norberg in The Spectator: ‘We have fallen upon evil times, politics is corrupt and the social fabric is fraying.’ Who said that? Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders?…It’s difficult […]

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A happy meal?

“Enjoy our Cafe in the Crypt!”

. In London today, my son and I wandered around and ended up at St Martin in the Fields Church.  (Yes, yes, I have let strangers know I am on holiday and now my home will be burgled. Enjoy my rhinestones.) St Martins is outrageously beautiful and it does indeed serve lovely gourmet food in […]

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Is it too late to arrest this hussy?

CDC to Women of Childbearing Age: Don’t You Dare Drink!

. Here’s my piece in today’s New York Post: Imagine if the feds sent the following letter to American men: Dear Fellas: Due to issues of compromised sperm quality, we are recommending that you abstain from all alcoholic beverages from the age of 15 till 45. We trust this will not have too much impact […]

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The Grapes of Death

. As you read this, note that the mom who wrote this, Alisha, is herself a retired “paramedic/firefighter is very aware of what is truly dangerous and is tired of EVERYTHING being treated as such.” Me too. Not tired of precautions. Not tired of safety. Tired of seeing all of childhood through the lens of […]

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Maybe they shouldn't make gingerale/maraschino cherry flavor?

Kids Getting Drunk on Hand Sanitizer: CNN’s Latest Fear

. A bunch of you sent me this CNN piece about the hidden dangers (every TV producer’s favorite kind!) of hand sanitizer. While the video is about teens deliberately drinking the stuff, the written story is about Purell-pickled nippers, and that’s what I’d like to discuss today. It starts with a story that’s almost too strange […]

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Did you know you cannot buy a white van without proof that you are a predator?

Police Report: A Boy Got Into White Van. You Know What THAT Means!

. Sometimes, you gotta print the whole story, just to prove that THIS IS THE WHOLE STORY.  Note what is missing. (Hint: It’s not the child.) WNYT reports that: Schenectady police investigate possible missing child 09/01/2015  Schenectady police are investigating a report of a possible missing child. They say an unconfirmed third party saw a […]

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Kids, parents, risk. A quick survey.

A Survey about Kids and Risk

. Hey folks — Researchers at the University of California-Irvine are studying how people perceive risk. They need people to take their survey and have asked the Free-Range community to join in. I just  took it myself. It’s basically brief descriptions of situations when a child is left alone. You rate how safe they are. The whole […]

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What kind of parent lets their kids play at a place like this???

Letting Kids Walk to the Park in Maryland: Legal or Not?

If you’re wondering if it’s legal or illegal to let your kids walk to the park in Silver Spring, Maryland, the answer is yes. On the one hand, yes it is legal. Donna St George in the Washington Post quotes a memo drawn up by Montgomery County police and human-services officials in response to a […]

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