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Hey...my mom just told me to tell your mom that we are having an inappropriate conversation.

A Mom on Why She Doesn’t Monitor Her Kids’ Texts Anymore

. My buddy Michelle Icard, author of Middle School Makeover, read the recent blog post here about  the app that lets you watch your kid’s every move on a smartphone, and sent me this article of hers that just ran in the Washington Post. She’s talking about a social media panel she was on: When we […]

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All I want for Christmas is for you to LET ME GO!!!!

Ban Children from Santa’s Knee, Says Child Safety Expert

GET AWAY FROM ME, YOU PERVERT…and please bring me a toy firetruck.   Assume all Santas are child molesters and teach kids not to sit on their laps. That’s what a well-known “child safety expert” in Australia is suggesting. Child protection activist Hetty Johnston this week backed the concerns of Queensland parents worried the time had […]

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Instill this and you can convince people to give up all independence.

Why We Fight

Readers — This article explains everything I am always trying to say … but  better. It’s by Frank Furedi — have you heard of him? I wrote about his book, “Paranoid Parenting,” in 2001 — seven years before I sent my son on his solo subway ride. Furedi gets how paranoia for our kids directly leads to us […]

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The Safety 1st pro-grade. push-button toilet lock. (Good luck to any guests visiting!)

The Decision Not to Babyproof

As a mom who did babyproof to a certain extent (no toilet locks!), I certainly don’t blame folks who do. But I certainly don’t blame folks who don’t, either. And since there are about a million levels of proofing, my advice is simple: Don’t judge! – L.  Dear Free-Range Kids: I’d love to get your […]

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Reports of uninvolved bystanders led to hyper-involvement today.

How Kitty Genovese Changed Childhood

From my piece on Time.com today. (Time writes the headlines, not me): How Kitty Genovese Destroyed Childhood We once may have been too slow to call the cops. Now we’ll dial 911 if we see a couple kids walking alone to get pizza. by Lenore Skenazy Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death 50 years ago today. […]

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Wrong. Just don't go OFF with them.

A New Take on Stranger Danger

Hi Readers — This made my day! Dear Free-Range Kids: Thought I would share a conversation I overheard today at my daughter’s school.  I went to pick up my 6 year old from her after school program and arrived just in time to hear her speaking to a friend and the friend’s mother.  I didn’t […]

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Just like kids, snowflakes are beautiful and die really fast.

“Children are Unique, Beautiful and Fragile” — Grrrrrrrrrr

Readers — I got this letter yesterday in my email. Why does it make me SO MAD?   “Children are Unique, Beautiful and Fragile” begins its CRAVEN plea.   I’m losing it! I really feel this is a HORRIBLE thing to say or even IMPLY. I probably sound like I am in FAVOR of child maiming. […]

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