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Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Did Oprah Make Us Terrified for Our Kids?

Readers — This is idea that someone should write their doctorate on. Dear Free-Range Kids: During the height of this summer’s “hot car” hysteria, I found your website and it was like a lightbulb went off.  All the common sense I have stifled in the interest of being a “good mom” has a voice!  And […]

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7 Reasons to Say YES to Sleepovers!

7 Reasons to Say YES to Sleepovers!

Readers — The “No Sleepover” article I just posted about inspired these lovely comments from you. Enjoy. – L Good reasons to say Yes to Sleepovers (by “Albert”) 1. Your kids will get a chance to practice the manners you teach – it’s no good if they don’t, right? 2. Your kids will get to […]

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A Couple of Thoughts on Parental Fear (and Tempering It)

A Couple of Thoughts on Parental Fear (and Tempering It)

To Anyone New Just Joining Us Here: Hello! Welcome! Glad you’re here! The Free-Range Movement is dedicated to the idea that our kids are safer and smarter than our society tells us they are, so we don’t have to worry quite as much as we do. That’s why I’m often asked: Haven’t parents always worried about […]

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"How Do I Deal with The Fear My Son will be Snatched?"

“How Do I Deal with The Fear My Son will be Snatched?”

Readers —  The fear of kidnapping is so huge, it is overwhelming a lot of parents. How can they possibly put it in perspective? Here’s some help — from you! Both comments appeared on the post below this one, about a mom who lets her son ride his bike around town: …I’d  like to know […]

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Worst-First Thinking as a Psychological Problem

Hi Readers — This insightful note comes to us from reader/commenter Linda Wightman, who says she is “passionate about ‘small’ in the big things of life:  birth, education, parenting, homemaking, health, church, conservation, farming, business and more.  Except for families, where large is good:  seven Free-Range grandchildren and counting!” She blogs about all this and more […]

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A Question for Psychologists (And Anyone Else) About Kidnapping Fear

A Question for Psychologists (And Anyone Else) About Kidnapping Fear

Readers — I was just responding to a woman who bravely lets her kids play outside even though she is almost consumed by horrible thoughts of the Cleveland kidnappings. For her, it’s personal: She used to live near there. But others feel it, too. So what I’m wondering about, that maybe some psychologists can explain, […]

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least murder ever

2013 On Track to LOWEST MURDER RATE IN 100 YEARS!

Readers — Please spread the word, especially to nervous parents: If 2013 keeps going the way it has BEEN going, crime-wise, we are about to experience the LOWEST MURDER RATE SINCE 1906. That’s according to Rick Nevin, an economic consultant and anti-lead activist. (See his chart, below.) THE LOWEST MURDER RATE in OVER A CENTURY?  Yes […]

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Go Play in the Street!

Go Play in the Street!

Hi Folks! This lovely photo and note come to us from Paul Beard, who describes himself as growing up a Free-Range Kid “before we knew what it was.” He now lives with his wife and two high school kids in Seattle, where he “involuntarily retired from Internet technology to become COO/GM of domestic affairs, now […]

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Watch as a School becomes a Prison!

Watch as a School becomes a Prison!

Readers — I just got off the phone with a mom in Pennsylvania whose tiny school district has allotted $100,000 for new security measures without even knowing what it will spend the money on. This district dropped about 10% of its teachers last year for lack of funding, but it is so freaked out by […]

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