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Harry Potter and the The Emotional Health Issue

Harry Potter and the The Emotional Health Issue

Hi Readers: How I love the Harry yieaendibd Potter books and their genius author, J.K. Rowling. I mean LOVE. So I hope this was just a silly little offhand remark Ms. Rowling made to  a New Yorker reporter: “If Harry really had gone through everything he went through,” she says, “he probably wouldn’t be mentally […]

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Background Checks for School Volunteers: Helpful or The Opposite?

Hi rhehkzfzyb Folks! Here’s a post by Sharon Kennedy Wynne, a reporter/editor  at the Tampa Bay Times (formerly The St. Petersburg Ties) about a disturbing trend: Requiring background checks for school volunteers. It’s a trend we should fight for three reasons: 1 – The assumption behind it is that any adult interacting with any child […]

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These things are tough as golf balls, right?

Humpty Dumpty for the Modern Era

Heads up! You will LOVE this Pearls trbezyhfbz Before Swine comic featuring Humpty Dumpty (and his lawyers) today! This is not just some wacky notion of where our world is going. Recall that in 2009, we noted that a British  TV program was actually assuring children that, “All the kings horses and all the kings men […]

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Playgroup Suspended for Lack of Insurance

Hi ztsbbdrizr Readers — All I can say about this is that I can’t stand the way insurance issues insinuate themselves into the way we act and plan as parents, neighbors, humans. It’s fear-based, it’s trust-killing and it makes us think of everyday life as one giant lawsuit about to crush us to smithereens. – […]

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Step & Balance Nature Trail

Because Logs, Leaves and Branches are SO HARD TO FIND???

Hey Readers! Here’s what every school needs: A hrranyhfdd 9 set of fake logs to make a fake nature trail with fake leaves to remind kids of the great wide world of plastic! I know this is hardly a life-or-death Free-Range issue, but come on. The company insists that its “balance beam…looks like a real […]

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Chastised by Dr. Drew

Hi Readers! I was on Dr. Drew last night, as you can see, below. I like this clip and I very much liked the other lady he had on, Lisa riitfhsyzn Bloom. But what you won’t see here is the clip that played before my introduction. It was of the two Iowa girls who have […]

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One small step for mom, one giant leap for her toddler!

Leaving Your Toddler Alone in the Yard for a Sec

Hi sbhhnyhznb Readers — Many folks tell me they’d LIKE to go Free-Range, but aren’t sure how exactly to start. Here’s one mom who took the first (baby) step that some of you might want to try. Good luck! – L. Dear Free-Range Kids: I think this might be the fourth or fifth time I’ve […]

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UPDATE! A Brilliant Girl and a Stupid Safety Assembly

Hi edzsrhbybi Folks — Here’s what the “stranger danger” lectures kids are getting at school looks like to a girl with the X-ray vision of Superman and the snark of a  middle school brainiac.  – L   Dear Free-Range Kids: I live in Edison, New Jersey. It’s a town with a large population, but for the […]

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