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Grrrrr.

“I Was Raised Free-Range and It Crippled Me”

Readers — Found this on my “Pro or Con?” page just now: Dear Free-Range Kids: Your website (granted I haven’t read your book yet) speaks of everything from a parent’s point-of-view but have you considered what Free-Range Parenting looks and feels like according to a child? I’m 26 years old and was raised with the […]

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You'd Let Your Kids Go on a SLEEPOVER?! Isn't That Like a Death Wish?

You’d Let Your Kids Go on a SLEEPOVER?! Isn’t That Like a Death Wish?

Readers — I not only appreciated this letter one of you just sent, I found the Rosetta stone of parental worry in the article she links to! Dear Free-Range Kids Do you let your kids have sleepovers?  Shame on you!  Yes it’s time for the latest movement in overprotective idiocy, the Ban Sleepovers movement! Look: “7 Reasons […]

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What's wrong with this picture? NOTHING!!

Mom Fined for Letting 6-y.o. Walk 2 Blocks with a Friend

Readers — If this is the land of the free, why are cops treating happy-go-lucky kids like escaped convicts?  When did giving kids an old-fashioned summer become a crime? – L.  Dear Free-Range Kids: This just happened to me. My six year old daughter and her friend went for a walk on their own and […]

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White “Joanna” girl’s Stride Rite sandals with flower on top

Sandals Recalled Because Flower = “Choking Hazard”

Folks — Be very, very, very scared of everything that exists on earth that is not the size of a bouncy house. (And then be afraid of them, too.) Because, of course, your child could choke on it. Hence, this recent recall of the Stride Rite “Joanna” sandal, whose  metal flower COULD become detached and hence […]

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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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Thomas Friedman Endorses Free-Range Kids (Sort of)*

Thomas Friedman Endorses Free-Range Kids (Sort of)*

Readers — Here’s a sit-up-and-go-yikes oped by Thomas Friedman of the The New York Times. Friedman sort of specializes in these, but this one talks in particular about how we are facing a “401k future.” That is: Unlike the salad days of long-term jobs and pensions, we’re in a new era of morphing and even […]

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Proto-hipster walks her dog and cat.

Worst-First Thinking: Pet Version

Hi Readers! Yes, this is one of my “pet” topics —  the way “I care!” can morph into “No one else cares as much as I do,” which can curdle into “I’m the only one who cares enough!”  (See, for instance, “Did Being a Helicopter Parent Doom My Marriage (and Kids.”) But I also love […]

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Did Being a Helicopter Mom Doom My Marriage (and Kids)?

Did Being a Helicopter Mom Doom My Marriage (and Kids)?

Readers — This is one of the most reflective, honest things I’ve ever read about parenting and marriage. It comes to us from Kristina Beth, in Utah. – L. Dear Free-Range Kids: This is my first time saying anything on this website, but I’ve often heard about this blog from my coworker.  In the beginning, […]

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Where are their parents? Luckily, not there.

Is Helicopter Parenting Actually Abuse?

Hi Readers! A couple of you sent in this provocative piece,  “Three Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids…And How to Correct Them.” It’s  by Tim Elmore,  a writer/speaker specializing in leadership. His philosophy about what kids require to become confident, competent and, well, leaders dovetails remarkably with Free-Range Kids’. After warning parents that children need […]

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