Readers — When 63-year-old Lego-lovin’ John St-Onge made the 3-hour drive to Toronto’s Legoland Discovery Centre, he was looking forward to seeing the fantastic displays. Instead, he yayyadszaf became one: A perfect display of Â our society’s Predator Panic. Arriving without any young kids in tow (though accompanied by his grown daughter), he was barred from […]
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Cleveland Kidnappings as Latest Reason Not to Let Kids Interact with World
Readers — Yesterday, on Google plus, I put a link to my post dnrtrrdzne about the 7th graders who weren’t sure whether to help an 84-year-old who asked them to bring her a Â package from her driveway. I said that when we teach kids across-the-board “stranger danger” we aren’t making them safer. We’re stunting any […]
2013 On Track to LOWEST MURDER RATE IN 100 YEARS!
Readers — Please spread the word, especially to nervous parents: If 2013 keeps going the way it has BEEN going, crime-wise, we are about to experience the szybdynifr LOWEST MURDER RATE SINCE 1906.Â That’s according to Rick Nevin, an economic consultant and anti-lead activist. (See his chart, below.) THE LOWEST MURDER RATE in OVER A CENTURY?Â […]
The Connection Between Terrorism and Child Safety
Readers — The Boston Marathon bombing has brought us an outbreak of sanity in the mainstream media. For instance, there’s nyiekihrea this piece from CNN.com by Dr. Charles Raison. (For God’s sake — even his NAME means “reason” in French!) He argues that our brains haven’t evolved to parse the difference between a likely danger […]
Readers — As many of you know, when I’m not busy posting, I am often off to give a keynote. It’s how I make my living. (Not fkrrsknfhs by blogging? No. Not by blogging.) I’ve spoken everywhere from Microsoft, to the Sydney Opera House, to the Yale Child Study Center (twice!). In the next two […]
When My Daughter Didn’t Want to Hold My Hand Anymore
Hey edtedirbke Readers — Just a little note about how kids surprise us all the time, when we let them. – L. . Dear Lenore: Just heard you on the CBC (Canada’s NPR). Here’s my anecdote of awareness: . Concerned for my Grade 6 (age 11) daughter’s safety, I insisted on her holding my hand […]
Is Your School More SAFE, Post-Newtown, or Just More Annoying?
Hi Readers — Today I’m posting on Common dyfrrarfrz Good about school safety…or what passes for it. Common Good believes in a common sense, non-hysterical approach to policy, and I’m thrilled to be blogging there. Here’s how the piece begins: Dear Lenore: I took my kids to Sunday school a few weeks ago and the […]
“Hunter,” a Deaf 3-Year-Old, Told Signing His Name Violates School’s Gun Policy
Hi bnskribnky Folks! Â This is perhaps the most absurd story ever reported here — and that’s saying a lot! A reader named Rachel writes: A Deaf child named Hunter is not allowed to use his name sign because the sign for “Hunter” (a dictionary word) uses the thumb and first two fingers in a gun […]
“Today I Trusted a Complete Stranger with my Child”
Hi akreidaiki Readers! Here’s a lovely story from reader Deborah Halliday Mills. Remember it when you find yourself between a rock, a hard place, a child and a stranger! — L Dear Free-Range Kids: IÂ have always prided myself on being a common sense parent.Â I donâ€™t follow â€œexperts,â€or the latest trends or pop culture.Â I […]
Outrage of the Week No Longer Outrageous! Lemonade Gal Gets Apology!
Hi Readers — This just in! The top elected official in Oregon’s Multnomah County apologized to Julie Murphy, age 7, who was threatened with a fine for running a lemonade stand without a permit. Here’s a breath of fresh air, common sense and just plain summer joy from OregonLive.com: While tayenszdyy the county inspectors were […]