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Are parents ever allowed to watch their children from more than 10 feet away?

Mom Arrested for Watching Her Child from Afar, after Busybodies Call Cops

Can we remember that it is not “babysitting” to watch over someone else’s child playing next to your own, just because the parent is not right there. It’s called “community.” It’s called “being a decent human being.” It’s called “normal.” What is not normal is getting the authorities to intervene simply because you disapprove of […]

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HI NEIGHBOR! WAKE UP! I GOT IN BY CLIMBING THE FENCE. LET ME PET YOUR DOG! WHY ARE YOU SO GRUMPY? WAAAAAKE UP!

What Happens When Happy Free-Range Kids are Also Rude and Loud?

. Here’s a letter that had me wondering what to do, too: Dear Free-Range Kids: Curious as to how to best handle this. I have no children of my own, but I do have three dogs. My neighbors (row house neighborhood), let their three young children out to play alone, regularly. This is AWESOME. Kids […]

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The Family Defense Center report says: Let's give parents the benefit of the doubt before crying "negligence!

It’s Too Easy to Charge Normal Parents as “Negligent,” Says Study

. The Family  Defense Center in Chicago defends families being torn apart by pointless yet devastating Child Protective Services investigations. Families like Natasha’s. Remember her story? Natasha let her kids, 11, 9 and 5, play in the park literally across the street from her home, where she could peer out at them every 10 minutes. […]

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FILL IN THE BLANK: You Know You’re a Free-Range Parent When…

Readers: A note I got yesterday: we have so called free rangers in our neighborhood. rude, inconsiderate, etc.-their parents do not have a clue where they are or how they act. neither do they care. maybe they got their lazy parenting ideas from your lovely book. hopefully none of your kids will wind up in […]

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See an Unsupervised Kid? Reach Out Instead of Dialing 911

See an Unsupervised Kid? Reach Out Instead of Dialing 911

Hi Readers! This note comes to us from Nandini Ramakrishna, who was raised Free-Range in India and now lives in Phoenix, AZ. She writes the blog Cactus Chronicles. and tweets at CactusChron. – L. Dear Free-Range Kids: Four years ago, I was involved in an incident where the state questioned my competence as a parent. After two stressful […]

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