an idea I wish I thought of …and sort of did: Bracelets kids can wear that explain they are ALLOWED to be outside, they are FREE-RANGE KIDS!
They were created by a reader named Pat who was inspired by the Free-Range Kids membership card on the side of my blog (which, in itself, was inspired by a letter TO this blog), but I think they are better, because they ‘re so easy for kids to wear.
I do worry that they cost about $10 each, but Pat agreed to put $2 each toward maintenance of my site (monthly bills I pay to host the blog, the app, and freerangefriend.com, as well as to SurveyMonkey, which I use for surveys at the schools that do the Free-Range Kids Project). So all in all, this seems good to me. Hence, the ad you will now find on the right hand side of the blog.
Here’s the note from Pat explaining her brainstorm. – L.
Dear Ms. Skenazy: I’m 44 yr old, stay at home wife and mother of 2, who believes in community, good morals, and kids having the range of freedoms we did.
My son and daughter are both very active children: sports, exploring, climbing, etc. and were consistently losing the ID cards stating they are Free-Range Kids. I needed something that was less likely to get lost and ripped. I came up with the idea and made each of them a bracelet instead. They not only love them because they are easy and they don’t have to think about “not losing them,”their friends think they’re pretty cool too. The bracelets have come in handy for my kids in explaining where I am (usually not in sight) and to school supervision that it’s OK they walk home alone, I’m not coming to pick them up. After feedback from other parents and children in our community from their own experiences with the bracelets and encouragement to offer these to all Free-Range parents, we decided to do just that. We are very appreciative of your help and proud to be supporting Free-Range Kids.
The bracelet lady