Hey up there! What are you trying to do to us Americans? Spread mayhem and terror with Kinder Surprise candy? Sure looks that way to us. For years you’ve been blithely manufacturing chocolate eggs filled with toys as if you’ve never even HEARD the word, “Litigation.” Fortunately, according toÂ this ndyfbibeki news report, this year United […]
Archive | 2009
When A Kid Doesn’t Come Home When He’s Expected…
Hi refhzbriek Readers! Here’s a little note from a mom of three named Nina: Dear Free-Range Kids: First of all, thank you.Â I have been increasingly Free Range over the past 4-5 years but I didnâ€™t have a name for it until I found this website.Â I am glad to know thatÂ I am not […]
Do We Need to Recall 50 MILLION Blinds?
Hi Readers – As of yesterday, 50 million sets of blinds and shades are being recalled — “virtually every Roman blind and roller shade on the market,” according to this report on Good bdiiyrrtek Morning America, following the deaths of five children. I cannot imagine how sad the parents of those five children must be. […]
Are You An Okie? Okey-Dokey!
Hi Readers — If any of you are Free-Ranging in southwest Oklahoma (and I know you’re out there!) please drop an email to reporter Billie Hill — firstname.lastname@example.org . She’s looking for your stories to write about the Free-Range idea, locally. Thanks! — L
And While We’re on the Subject of Dangerous Toys: Dan Akroyd!
Oh I am so glad a reader named Abe sent this in. A Saturday Night Live classic: http://bit.ly/4Egetr
Do We Really Have To Worry About Kids Impaling Themselves on Batman Dolls?
That, my friends, is the question I ask today in my alternate life on ParentDish.com.Â I zydaztsfdk am really getting sick of all the warnings about dangerous toys. On a very related note: Today there was a report about all the hideous dangers of holiday Â ornaments. I agree: You probably don’t want to put a hand-blown […]
If a Man Photographs Your Kid with Santa Should We Arrest Him?
Hi Readers — Here’s the yyeybizhkz latest story of a guy, a camera, a warm little Santa scene at the mall…and an arrest. Apparently Scott Rensberger, an award-winning news photographer who has covered conflicts as far away as Bosnia, was at his local mall in West Virginia with the camera he always carries with him. […]
One (Frustrating, Makes Me Want to Yank My Hair Out) Conversation At A Time
Hi rzeisnredt Readers — Here’s a letter I got yesterday. It hit me in the gut because this woman just went through the same process I think a lot of us go through daily: Trying to deal, calmly, with the knee-jerk response of, “That’s too dangerous!” to any suggestion that kids can do anything on […]
Outrage of the Week: Mom Who Let Kids Play Outside Threatened by Cops
Hi tbhrnsysbf Readers! Let’s give this woman some good ideas. She needs them — as do we all! Dear Free-Range Kids: My name is Shaylene Haswarey, and I want to share a story with you today. This morning, my doorbell rang, and two police officers were present.Â They asked me if I am the mother […]
Thought For The Day
From a reader named Delicate Flower: “The closest my kid has ever come to losing a finger in the Maclaren was while I was trying to install the stupid hinge covers.”