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The room of doom?

“Children of Any Age Should Not Go Into Public Restrooms Alone”

These tips from HealthyChildren.org for when a child can go to a public restroom are not just hilarious and ridiculous, they are also insane, starting with this one: ​The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children feels that children of any age should not be permitted to use public restrooms alone. Any age? Why? Simply […]

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The room of doom?

Dear Annie: Boys Age 7 Are Old Enough to Use the Men’s Room

  Yes, yes, we must support our fellow parents as they grope — sorry, bad word choice! — their way through this whole child-rearing thing. I don’t recommend scolding them in public. But when a pop culture advice dispenser actually recommends worst-first thinking (dream up the worst-case scenario FIRST, no matter how unlikely, and proceed […]

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The room of doom?

“I Will NOT Let My Son Go Into the Men’s Room”

It feels almost like reading, “Thou art a wicked wench!”so archaic does this Facebook comment sound, at least to me.  Suddenly obsessive worry seems so over. Anyway, this was posted below a column of mine that ran in the Chicago Tribune: Call me a Helicopter Mom all you want, but my child will never walk […]

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Can you leave kids outside the bathroom for a moment at Target?

Dispatches from the Busybody Wars: The Bathroom at Target

Readers — Just a note from a mom of three named April who lives in Oakley, Cal: Dear Free-Range Kids: I feel like I am surrounded by hysterical suburb moms and they are always on the “right” side of the argument bc it is all about “protecting children and keeping them safe.”  It’s hard to […]

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Is a kid safe on her own for a few minutes at Target?

“I Let My 3-year-old Use the Bathroom Alone at Target”

This morning I was on Irish radio to talk about Maddie McCann, the 3-year-old stolen from her hotel room in Portugal seven years ago. The point I tried to make was actually one that a reader once put so eloquently here: “Can we stop acting as though the most unlikely thing is the most LIKELY […]

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