Hi brtyerdsya Readers: I’m so proud of this high school student — for what she’s doing and also all her clear thinking. The points she makes about her school’s no-touching rule could be made about most Zero Tolerance laws. Be prepared to cheer! — L Dear Free-Range Kids:Â I am a senior at a a small […]
Archive | 2011
“Can You Help Me for a Sec?” The Question We Must Ask!
Hi ynyhehhhsy Readers!Â Here’s a note about something that went right. but it could have gone even, uh, righter. — L Dear Free-Range Kids: I had my first half-way Free-Range encounter with another parent the other day. I was at the ice rink with my toddlers, watching the kids on the ice from a bench near […]
“No Touch” Policy is Insane for Music Teachers
Hi Readers — I touched (ha ha — so to speak!) upon this issue in my Golden Helicopter Awards: The fact that the British Musicians Union has told its members (ha ha again) not to lay (ha ha) a finger on any child they are giving music lessons. Most cheeringly, England’s Education Secretary, Michael Grove, […]
Lovely. This Is How Folks Think Today
Hi dtssaeszrt Readers — Sent by one of you, from a Facebook exchange: KM: Today I toured a “preschool” that makes the kids (4/5 year olds) nap for 2 hours everyday. Lights out, kids laying on cots in the dark for two hours! WTF! AND it cost $140/week. MGK: Um, kids should never be left […]
Cutest (Perv) Comment of the Day
Hi trntbtrras Readers! As the day winds to a close, I am happy that a whole lot of people read the Wall Street Journal piece about treating all men as potential pedophiles. There wereÂ about 200 comments over there. And this is one of the cutest ones I read right here. — L Dear Free-Range Kids […]
And Speaking of Perv-o-mania:
Check this iirnsktday out. If I could figure out how to show you the picture here, I would. But I can’t, so click and enjoy! (Or whatever.) — L P.S. Ah! Thanks to my friend Floyd, HERE is the object in question!
All Men Are Pervs…Until Proven Otherwise
Hey Readers! Here’s my iiyrsbhfet piece in today’s Wall Street Journal: Eek! A Male! Treating All Men As Potential Predators Doesn’t Make Our Kids Safer You’ll recognize a lot of the stories from this very blog, so THANK YOU ALL for sending me so many interesting anecdotes and links. Together we are getting the message […]
Outrage of the Nanosecond: Stop That Egg!
Hi Readers — Just because it’s an outrage kind of day, here’s another: A woman was detained at the Canadian border because she was bringing in a Kinder Surprise Egg. You know — the chocolate candy with a prize inside. The problem? That prize presents a choking hazard! The BIGGER problem? A law equating candy […]
Outrage of the Day: Toddler on Dad’s Shoulders “In Danger”
Hi Readers — This is less about a society than gone crazy than something that drives ME crazy: Power in the hands of people without brains. This particular iykfkdferk incident involves a family at a festival in Sydney, Australia. The dad hoisted his not-quite-2-year-old onto his shoulders to get a better look. A guard told […]
“Anything Could Happen!”
Hi ykksiytrft Readers! To get the blood flowing this Monday morn: Dear Free-Range Kids: I got a random issue of a parenting magazine in the mail. I don’t subscribe, but I guess it’s a teaser issue to try to drag me in.Â There’s a Q&A feature in which a mother asked if it was okay […]