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David Bond working on Project Wild Thing

What If We Marketed Nature the Way We Market iPads?

Hi niydayazyr Folks! This post comes to us from England, where  independent filmmaker David Bond is making a documentary about  MARKETING nature. I like that idea because I’d like to do something similar: MARKET the happy, confident childhood kids can enjoy if parents “buy”  the fact that  it’s safe. If you have any more ideas […]

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"Parenthood" (on TV) and Helicopter Parenthood (in Real Life)

“Parenthood” (on TV) and Helicopter Parenthood (in Real Life)

Hi kaeafeabhr Readers! Here’s a cool observation and a request for more, by way of Dawn Siff, a New York City producer, blogger and vlogger who tweets @momlandia. – L Dear Free-Range Kids: I love the show “Parenthood,” which is produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. It’s a sappy hour-long drama that very loosely follows the […]

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“Only Bad Parents Make Their Kids WALK to School”

Hi htrfzfdiyf Folks! I read this over at RixaRixa and asked if the blogger was game to let me reprint the whole thing. Yes! So here it is, in all its infuriating bureaucrat-brained fullness! We’ve been walking Zari to and from kindergarten. It seemed the most logical of our three options (walk, ride the bus, […]

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A Conversation with an Older Man

Hi ttydnneita Folks — To be filed under, “What we’ve lost.” Or maybe, “What Free-Range Kids is working  to bring back.” – L.  Dear Free-Range Kids: I had an interesting experience in the Target parking lot today. While I was unloading my cart, an older man passed and complimented me on my four kids. I […]

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Guest Post: Parents — Reach for the Duct Tape

Hi znzsstynbs Readers! Here’s a little list of tips from Vicki Hoefle, author of the brand-new book: Duct Tape Parenting: A Less is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible and Resilient Kids. – L 5 Simple Ways to Let Go and Raise a Resilient Child, by Vicki Hoefle Hey there Free-Rangers! I want to give a […]

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These Moms Created a Neighborhood Camp  (And So Can You!)

These Moms Created a Neighborhood Camp (And So Can You!)

Hi kaintdshbr Readers! Here’s a letter about a homemade camp started by two moms that just may inspire you —  the same way THEY got inspired last year, thanks to ideas being spread by Mike Lanza of Playborhood. (Here’s a cool post by him of how he turned his front yard into a neighborhood hangout.) […]

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But is Your Baby Safe ENOUGH?

Hi sntzekedte Folks! This guest post comes to us from the proud papa of a bouncing new baby book! Safety Products You Need NOW! by Jacob Sager Weinstein For my book How Not To Kill Your Baby – a parody of overbearing, fear-inducing pregnancy and parenting books – I made up a series of ludicrous child-safety […]

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Making Up Halloween Fears

Making Up Halloween Fears

Hi rkyashykhy Readers! Sometimes I think that in our uber-safe society, poor scribes are locked in a room and told they can’t come out until they dream up some new worry — no matter how far-fetched — to caution folks about. (My current fave is the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s apple bobbing cautions, below.) […]

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