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World's Worst Mom getting kids to take public transportation.

Coming to TV in January: Me! “World’s Worst Mom”

Big news, readers! World’s Worst Mom — a reality show hosted by yours truly — is coming to TV! It debuts Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. You can see little glimpses of it in this promo for the whole lineup on new channel it’s on, Discovery: Life (formerly “Discovery Fit & Health”). Woo […]

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Lions and tigers and bears are nothing compared to predators, plastic and disappointing playdates!

The Wizard of Oz: Honorary Free-Ranger

Readers — One of you just sent in this remarkable excerpt from “The Emerald City of Oz,” one of 13 “Wizard of Oz” sequels L. Frank Baum  churned out. Interestingly, Baum’s Wikipedia bio says that, “His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers…and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing.”  Looks like he also anticipated “worst-first thinking.”  […]

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Motherhood: World’s Toughest Job — Not

Readers, Here’s a video that has gotten over 10 million hits so far: It’s about motherhood being the hardest job at all, requiring 135 hours a week, lots of standing, very little sleeping and zero breaks. But as “The Evil H.R. Lady” points out in this brilliant post, motherhood is not the utterly difficult, demanding, exhausting […]

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There's safety and then there's this.

“Parents: Your Children Should be Quiet at the Bus Stop”

Dear Readers: To this note from a local school I would add, “And parents, please consider a lobotomy for your children so they are not inclined to move or talk much. This will make the bus stop a safe experience for all!” – L. . Dear Free-Range Kids: While I sometimes disagree with you quite strongly, […]

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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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A Shift in the Lunchroom at Work (to Free-Range)

A Shift in the Lunchroom at Work (to Free-Range)

Readers — This letter comes to us from a mom in Alberta, Canada, who is giving me a lot of hope. Change can be swift and, since it makes everyone happier, lasting. . Meantime, this intro  comes to you from Vienna, where I just flew in (arms tired, etc.) to give a talk tomorrow at […]

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Why American Kids Will Not Rule the World

Why American Kids Will Not Rule the World

Hi Readers! Christine Gross-Loh’s articles on HuffPo have been generating a lot of attention — with reason. She’s great! Thanks to her global perspective, she can attest that the worry and hovering so common in America represent a distinct and unusual type of parenting, not just the “instinct” many here feel it is. Meantime, she’s […]

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Teaching Kids Fear (And Calling it "Empowerment!")

Teaching Kids Fear (And Calling it “Empowerment!”)

Folks — Got this note today and had to share, so it’s not just ME going, “I am so sick of people amping up fear so as to tamp it down with some product or program!” While I haven’t seen or heard of this program, the way the writer describes it, it sounds excessive. – […]

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Presenting: A Short Free-Range Kids Film!

Hi Folks! This is a documentary done by Carla Reid and Franny Plumridge, two university students who were raised in the country 16,000 kilometres apart (Carla in Australia, Franny in Canada), but both encouraged by their parents to actively explore and experience their world. Their rural Free-Range upbringing and shared passion for filmmaking inspired them to […]

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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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