Dear Free-Range Kids: I just read your response to the viral video on the secondary drowning. My “worrywart” friend told me about this last week and I thought it was an overreaction as is so much these days. I read your book years ago and every time someone tells me a scary kid story, I remember the book and don’t worry. I wish I could get all parents to read your book! And you know what, even when the “worst thing happens,” you survive. My middle daughter was diagnosed with a terminal genetic disorder when she was 3 yrs old. She’s seven now. Everyone says, “I don’t know how you do it.” You do it because you have no choice. And I decided a long time ago, I could either overprotect her 2 sisters or not.
I choose not! The worst thing has happened to us and we are still marching on, sometimes sad, but mostly happy and trying to enjoy all the time we are together. Thanks for bringing some sense into the crazy world of parenting. – Stephanee