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“How to Deal with The Stress of Fall”

From nsneafeytt my inbox: Dear Free-Range Kids: Fall started last week and all the signs of the season are in the air. Temperatures are starting to cool off, fall festivals are in full swing, college football is on the weekends, and retailers are pushing for the holidays with sale items. While the fall is a […]

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Brainwashed into Believing Things are Bad

This is a topic covered often by commenter hskrtbtfri Donald Christensen, who points out that repetition turns into belief. So when the media repeat the same type of stories day after day — murder! kidnapping! danger, danger, danger! — our brains soak it up and eventually incorporate it as “The way things are.” This brilliant […]

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A man was in a car!

“A Scary Situation for a Young Boy”

We either live in a world so teeming with evil that encountering an adult when you’re a child is ipso ienniendbk facto dangerous. OR we live in a world so safe that encountering an adult when you’re a child is, for lack of anything else to report, news. YOU make the call. This is a story, […]

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I decided not to run a photo of the grieving family. Too painful, without any redeeming reason to show it.

The Tragedy at Kroger: A 6-year-old Dead

Last ifkzzshkta night, a mom in Jackson,  Miss., let her six-year-old son stay sleeping in the car while she ran into Kroger. While she was inside, it seems that three car thieves stole the vehicle and at some point they ended up shooting the boy, Kingston Frazier, dead. A photo of someone carrying the mom […]

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"What a cute little kid!" Or, "I can't wait to steal you from this crowded Dunkin' Donuts with your mom right over there!"

UPDATE! EVEN THE PARENTS SAY THIS WAS NOT AN ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING! Is This Really “Disturbing Footage of an Attempted Kidnapping at Dunkin’ Donuts”?

Update debybbhndn from, which was even kind enough to alert us to this!  Police on Thursday issued this statement: “On April 5th,2017, the parents of Baby Doe were located; they reported that their baby was fine and they did not believe that the male was attempting to remove the baby from the stroller.” The […]

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OMG -- there's another one of those creepy things that hang out at Ikea: A MALE! The nerve of some genders!

“Sex Traffickers at Ikea?” Free-Range Kids Cited by Snopes!

When yet another anfyyatynk mom wrote about her kids ALMOST being sex trafficked — an assessment she made on the basis of noticing some men at Ikea (yikes!) who seemed to be looking at her children — I checked my favorite urban-myth-busting, hysteria-slaying site, Snopes, searching for “Ikea sex traffic.” There wasn’t anything there — […]

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Wave bye-bye to the sex traffickers! (Photo from BabyCenter Canada)

“My Toddler Was Almost Sex-Trafficked from the Grocery with Me Standing There.” Oh Really?

This bdiyesbnry story comes from a reader named Jennifer who wrote: So I am in 3 separate mommy groups and each of them in the past few days has posted this OMG! alert: Jennifer’s plea: Stop this insanity from gaining credibility!  . I’m trying. Here’s the viral post: My name is Amanda and I’m a Longview, […]

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