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Updated & Revised “Free-Range Kids” to be Published Tomorrow!

The updated and expanded second edition of Free-Range Kids: How Parents and Teachers Can Let Go and Let Grow will be released on Wednesday with all-new insights for parents and educators, including new chapters on anxiety, technology, free play, and how what kids do just for fun can often point them (sometimes unconsciously!) toward their careers. Author […]

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What Do Trees Need to Grow? Wind! So Let’s Talk Metaphors

Metaphors are the topic at Let Grow today. I just learned that the trees planted in Biosphere 2, the kinda kooky human snowglobe in Arizona, grew at an extremely fast rate. And then they died. Why? Life was just a little too sheltered — literally. Click here for the strange details of what trees (and kids) […]

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A Play Club During COVID: One Teacher’s Experience

Over at Let Grow we have a precious video: Kids actually PLAYING together, at school, outside, during COVID. It’s the work of Kevin Stinehart, Pickens County, SC, Teacher of the Year last year, who believes in safety AND the power of play. The health protocols inside the school were strict: Distancing, masks, cleaning, etc. But […]

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On Saturday, Texas became the third state in America to enshrine the right of kids to a Free-Range Childhood. It follows Oklahoma and Utah  in enacting a  “Reasonable Childhood Independence” bill. When the Texas law goes into effect, fully one tenth of American citizens will enjoy new freedom under laws that Free-Range Kids and Let […]

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A Sesame Street Classic — Updated

Most of you won’t remember this Sesame Street classic — or will you? Some day this kind of independence will be normal again. Parents will trust their kids. Kids will trust their abilities. And it will seem sick and strange to call 911 to report a happy, confident child becoming a part of the world. […]

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Child Psychologist: Over 23 Years, I Have Seen Children’s Mental Health Declining, And the Reason Is…

Rachel Flynn, a professor of child development and therapist, recently testified in support of Nevada’s “Reasonable Childhood Independence” bill, saying  that over her 23 years in practice she has seen kids in decline as their unstructured, unsupervised time evaporated. This, she testified, was across the board: The decade prior to my doctorate I was a […]

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