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How to Find Fellow Free-Range Families

. If you look at the tabs at the top of this blog, one says, “Find a Free-Range Friend.” (Online on its own its  freerangefriend.com). It’s a way to find other families near you who also want to give their kids more independence. When my kids were younger, one stumbling block to getting them out […]

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Snow day! Go out and play!

Unsupervised Play is BETTER for Kids, Says New Study!

The idea of arresting parents who let their kids play outside unsupervised just took another hit.  Yoo-hoo, CPS! According to The Globe and Mail: A new Canadian study suggests there could be added health benefits for kids who play outdoors on their own or with their friends. Researchers analyzed data from a survey of more […]

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Kids! Come visit me! I am  your summer and I'm waiting!

My 8 Year Old Went to the Park Alone!

Readers, I think we need some good news for this lovely summer weekend. So: Dear Free-Range Kids: I think the subject title says it all!  Last year, I was despairing of a summer stuck to my son’s side because he wouldn’t leave our yard alone.  This summer he has gone to 2 different parks within walking […]

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Something more frightening than death.

Death and the Free-Ranger

Rachel Fracassa describes herself as a” long-time reader and Free-Range mom of four,” whose family is always “off creating new adventures.” Their latest project is The NightLight, which rates/recommends products for babies and parents. WHAT FRIGHTENS MY FAMILY by Rachel Fracassa Six filthy bare feet run along the gravel drive and hop over a leaf-littered […]

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As much as I love these (or the American version), kids can probably spend some time outside without an infusion.

Take the “No Snacks” Challenge!

Readers — I love this post by a gal named Karen Perry who came up with this great modern-day challenge after thinking back and realizing: I don’t have ANY memories of my mom ever stepping foot in the park let alone laying down a blanket with a variety of snacks for me to nibble on. […]

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Letting My Kids (Including the 3-year-old) Play Out of Sight

Letting My Kids (Including the 3-year-old) Play Out of Sight

Hi Folks — This comes to us from a mom in Israel named Sorcha! Maybe your kids can have a weekend like hers! – L . Dear Free-Range Kids; I have 3 boys (10,7, 3) and since finding your blog a couple of years ago have been consciously trying to follow the Free-Range philosophy. Admittedly, this is […]

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Where are their parents? Luckily, not there.

Is Helicopter Parenting Actually Abuse?

Hi Readers! A couple of you sent in this provocative piece,  “Three Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids…And How to Correct Them.” It’s  by Tim Elmore,  a writer/speaker specializing in leadership. His philosophy about what kids require to become confident, competent and, well, leaders dovetails remarkably with Free-Range Kids’. After warning parents that children need […]

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A Gated Community. A 6-year-old Outside for a Moment. Safe?

A Gated Community. A 6-year-old Outside for a Moment. Safe?

Hi Folks — Here’s a nice story from Leslie in Georgia, and a response from her friend that has me shaking my head. Is NOTHING safe enough? NOTHING? Not the most normal, delightful, sane, sweet  slice of childhood, as dangerous as a daisy? To many Americans, the answer is simply nope, nothing IS safe enough. […]

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