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You Must be an ADULT To Walk a Dog! UPDATED!!!

You Must be an ADULT To Walk a Dog! UPDATED!!!

Arrrrroooooo! Readers — This ffzyyafati proposed law makes me want to lift a hind leg somewhere in Manassas, Va: City leaders want to make it a requirement that only responsible adults be the ones walking their dogs. “At the other end of the leash, there must be an individual who is competent to control the animal,” […]

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BIG NEWS! Free-Range Kids Meets Reality TV

Hi Readers! And now for something completely different: Television! I am about to start filming a reality TV show dedicated to the wild idea that our kids are at LEAST as smart and safe as we were — so why don’t we stop treating them like hand-blown swizzle sticks? Yes. For real! This is a […]

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Welcome to (You're Doing It Wrong!) Parenting

Welcome to (You’re Doing It Wrong!) Parenting

Hi ibefadaift Readers — Just got this letter from a new mom in a town that prides itself on health, humanity, even hippie-ness…up to a point, I guess. Her name is  Esmeralda, she’s an artist, and I don’t think what she is going through is unique: Dear Free-Range Kids: I thought of you recently when […]

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NEEDED: Legal Advice on Having Fun

Hi nanksdyyyt Readers — Here’s a letter I couldn’t answer. Can any of you? If so, please do! L. Dear Free-Range Kids: Regarding, “No More Playing in the Dark, Kids.” What would be helpful to know, is how we  — parents, scout leaders, teachers and other carers of children — can find ways around this. […]

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I’m Super(nova) Envious of These Kids!

Readers — Did you hear about the New Year’s Eve discovery of a supernova by a 10-year-old? Pretty cool. That inspired Mental idntkakitd Floss — one of the best-loved magazines at our house — to come up with a list of “10 Amazing Discoveries by Kids.” Having dreamed of becoming an archeologist (my book is […]

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A Surprising Trampoline Tumble

Hi nekzradadn Readers: From today’s mailbox, an intriguing little piece. – L. . Dear Free-Range Kids: I have two boys — 6 and 8 — and am learning about letting go. Can I talk about a “What If?”  a little in reverse? . I took the stupid netting off my kids trampoline because I thought […]

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Attention, New York City Dwellers: Block Party Today!

Hi New Yorkers! Today — Sun., Oct. 3 — is the “Ultimate Block Party” at the bandshell area in Central Park, from 11 till 5 (enter at 72nd and 5th). I know it sounds a little strange to say there will be booths and volunteers teaching kids about things as simple as playing “store,” or […]

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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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