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There's a difference between helicopter parents and the mentally ill.

“What Was Your Worst Experience as the Child of Helicopter Parents?”

. Riveting thread on Reddit: “Children of Helicopter Parents: What was the worst or most embarrassing thing they put you through?” Particularly interesting is the idea that the parents described below are simply “overprotective.” They sound much more seriously ill than that. We live in a society that almost INSISTS we overprotect our kids, on […]

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Finding other Free-Range Parents makes it easier to relax.

How To Arrange a Free-Range Parents Meet-Up

. This extremely helpful post comes from Rachel Howe, a writing teacher and mom in South Philly, where she started the South Philly Parents Resource Center. What she’s describing sounds like a sort of “consciousness raising” or support group, without the heavy title. Dear Free-Range Kids: I’ve got three children to chase after (and I […]

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Watch out for that potential predator, kids!

Why the “No Touch” Policy at Schools and Camps Makes No Sense

. This letter I got yesterday reminds me of one of the most thorough, fascinating, damning study I’ve ever read about where the “No touch” policy comes from (and why it is unnecessary, and how it actually makes us all MORE afraid for our kids): So those sex crazed pedophiles have invaded the Girl Scouts […]

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Is it okay to panic while Free-Ranging?

Is It Okay to Free-Range While Privately Freaking Out?

. A reader writes: I want to be a Free-Range parent.  I really really do.  I do try.  Just last week I told myself to stay calm before saying anything to a parent who had allowed my son to swim in her pool before I arrived at a birthday party.  There were 12 kids in the […]

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Conran and her boys, safe and sound. (But on a BOAT! ANYTHING could happen!)

Lost in the Woods

This essay, What Losing My Kids Taught Me About Free-Range Parenting, appeared in The Tennessean. It’s by Maggie Conran, author of the blog nomommybrain (motto: Just Say No to Mommy Brain!).  The piece packs an emotional wallop because we’ve all had that WHERE ARE MY KIDS? experience. In this case, Conran’s  family was at the local woods, the […]

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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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