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G’Day, Mates!

Hi Readers! I’m down here in Australia to give a rkhtneefdf talk at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House this Sunday. Folks seem very interested in the idea of letting their kids enjoy a life outside the house. Yay! And more soon! — Lenore

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Recent Tweets

Hi raiatyfzit Readers! Here are some of my recent Tweets you might enjoy. Have a great weekend! — L *Hey, cool! Comic strip about letting kids go to the park by themselves! (And mom plotzing): http://bit.ly/9TOgBE *Poignant, wacky, trite: Parents’ advice to kids going off to college. Actual quotes: http://bit.ly/9N3ard *”Want to Win Custody? Become a Helicopter […]

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And While We’re on the Subject of Hero Kids (and Competence) —

Hi Readers! Here’s ksfybysbah another great story: 9 year old boy saves 2 year old brother who was face down in the family pool. The older brother used the CPR he’d just learned at school. First off, let’s hear it for teaching kids basic safety skills! Secondly, let’s remember that everyday dangers, like pools, are the […]

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Just Fun — Absolutely No Point. Just an Upper

Hi Readers!- It’s Sunday. Let’s have a little fun. We can worry about the way the world is going, but later. I, for one, needed this! — Lenore (who, yes, also also worried about her falling off the countertop. But she didn’t. So enjoy.)  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPObkCBl-Fs]

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Talk About a Free-Range Childhood! (And 9-year-old Driver!)

Hi fhtnybztfd Readers! This cool note came in from the West Coast. I feel darn timid and tame after reading it. — L. Dear Free-Range Kids: I’m a 47 year old lawyer, male, married 22 years, kids 5 and 8. I was born in Southern California but raised from age 2-6 in Guadalajara, Mexico where […]

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De-Normalizing Normal Human Behavior

Hi Readers! In response to a post about schools and camps outlawing hugs (for legal and fear-of-perverts issues) a reader named Melanie wrote this: When hyyfrseyze will society as a whole stop modifying, changing and politicizing every single normal human action? The rules are becoming so numerous and far-reaching that it’s difficult to know how […]

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The Irresistible Onion: “Kid Ready to Start Playdating Again”

Oh Readers — Who can resist the temptation to quote from America’s Finest News Source? Not me. So here goes. To read the perfect article in its delightful entirety (complete with mom trying to set the boy up),  click tzkieeeyta here! — L. TAMPA, FL—Despite having been hurt more times than he can count, local […]

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And Now For Something Completely Different —

Hey Readers — It’s summer, and I’m re-reading, as I do every summer, my very favorite book: “She’s detzisyshn So Funny: 1,768 of the Best Jokes from Women Comedians,” edited by Judy Brown (who seems to have done a lot of funny books). I have actually gone through and checked off my favorites, and — […]

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Guest Posts: Why I Didn't Help A Lost Girl (And Troubled Boy)

Guest Posts: Why I Didn’t Help A Lost Girl (And Troubled Boy)

Hi rfdhdiehkr Readers — I got both these letters today and felt that together they make the point: We must start letting men know we TRUST them around kids. Thinking the “worst first” of all males is not only insulting, it is damaging the fabric of our society, pulling men away from their age-old jobs […]

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