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Help Needed: Mom Seeks Free-Range Children’s Book Suggestions

Folks — Something to ponder on a Sunday: . Dear Free-Range Kids: As a Free-Range parent living in England, I look to classic children’s literature for inspiration and confidence about giving my sons the freedom to be children, exploring and having adventures on their own.  I thought I would pass along a suggestion to other […]

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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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Day Care Teacher Puts Out Fire, Loses Job

Day Care Teacher Puts Out Fire, Loses Job

Readers — This story is so bizarre, I have to share it so I don’t explode: While kids were napping at a Florida day care center last week, their teacher smelled smoke and went to investigate. Sure enough, she says, some chicken nuggets had caught fire in the oven. She tried to put it out but […]

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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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"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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How to Vanquish "Mom Guilt" and Raise a Free-Range Kid

How to Vanquish “Mom Guilt” and Raise a Free-Range Kid

Readers — This story speaks for itself (as does the son!). It comes to us from Aimee Turner, who says she and her husband are “happy to know we aren’t alone in the fight against BWCS: Bubble-Wrapped Child Syndrome.” She blogs at The Maine Page Turner . – L. Dear Free-Range Kids:This summer, instead of going […]

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Mom Upset that 10 y.o. Will Have to Walk to School

Folks — What age do you think kids can safely start walking to school? I’d say age 7, because that’s the age in a lot of the rest of the world. Which is not to say younger is dangerous — I walked to kindergarten in the suburban Chicago of way-back-when. Must’ve been five. I’m just […]

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We Don't All Scream at Ice Cream Man

We Don’t All Scream at Ice Cream Man

Hey — is this sanity I see appearing in the comments on this post?A mom screams at the ice cream man to bug off and folks weigh in sounding like…us! Feeling kind of positive! – L Well, maybe THIS guy is a little creepy, but in general… 

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Of Toilets, Tots, Tabloids, Terror, and Research Grants

Hi Readers! This comes to us from a gal named Deborah who apparently gets as worked up by a story as I usually do! Nice not to be the only one! – L. Dear Free-Range Kids: I’m not sure that this is one article you want to deal with the comments on (!), but the […]

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