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A map of the ever shrinking circumference of childhood, from The Daily Mail.

How Children Lost the Right to Roam in Just 4 Generations

This Daily Mail piece by David Derbyshire is so profound it has been cited over and over: How Children Lost the Right to Roam in Four Generations: an interview with four generations of the same family about how far they were allowed to wander as kids. It comes from Britain but will sound familiar to […]

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Drop-off at an American school. It's only 20 minutes a day! (Well, times two...)

The “Duh!” Way to Get Kids Walking to School

Maybe the answer to, “How can we get kids back to walking to school?” is, “Um…suggest it?” That’s what St. Raphael Catholic School in Toronto did. The student-run Heath Action Team pushed for kids at the K-8 school to start walking. They held a why-it’s-good-to-walk assembly, they organized official walk-to-school days on the last Friday of […]

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Why did we stop letting you do this?

Spain to Parents: Let Your 6-Year-Olds Walk to School!

Kids age 6 are old enough to walk themselves to school, Spanish officials are telling parents. A seven-community experiment begun there in 2010 has been hailed as a success by researchers who say that allowing first graders to walk without adult supervision “builds their self-confidence.” According to this piece in The Washington Post by Rick […]

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Come out, come out!

Walking to School is Less Dangerous than NOT Walking

The next time you are having issues with your school (or neighbors, or ex) about letting your child walk home, please print this out. Point by point it explains how walking is not just healthy and fun, it’s actually safer than insisting children NOT walk. This comes to us from Michael Lewyn, an associate professor at […]

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Didn't "School Crossing" signs used to have younger looking silhouettes?

School Won’t Let My Kids Walk Home 2 Quiet Blocks

Have any of you come up with a workable solution to schools that won’t let parents decide how their kids get home? This is something we could all use — especially this mom: Dear Free-Range Kids: I am hoping that you might have some resources and/or know of people to point me to who can […]

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Why does the fakeness of this ad rankle me so?

This “Sweet” Hershey’s Commercial is Making My Skin Crawl

. Please watch this 2-minute reverie on parenting, tweens and how many Hershey’s products two people can consume in one sitting, and then give me your reaction (because mine was visceral): . The spot shows a girl preternaturally sad because even though her (pathetic, doofus) dad is at home with her, he is tied up […]

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