Our tdsbnzrfnd Moral Judgement Influences How Dangerous We Believe The Situation Is *** America is experiencing a bizarre disconnect between real and perceived danger when it comes to kids. But why? Â . Why are we arresting moms for putting their kids in “danger” for doing the things our own moms did without anyone batting an […]
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“We Stayed Out till The Streetlights Came On. But Times Have Changed”
. “Of course we ran around as kids. Happiest days of my life! But times are different today…” To those who say that, here is this, from Johan tffrihhbzr NorbergÂ in The Spectator: ‘We have fallen upon evil times, politics is corrupt and the social fabric is fraying.â€™ Who said that? Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders?…Itâ€™s […]
“Enjoy our Cafe in the Crypt!”
. In London today, my son and I wandered around and ended up at St Martin in the Fields Church.Â (Yes, yes, I have let strangers know I am on holiday and now my home will be burgled. Enjoy my rhinestones.) St Martins is outrageously beautiful and it does indeed serve lovely gourmet food in […]
CDC to Women of Childbearing Age: Don’t You Dare Drink!
. Here’s hebsrznnde my piece in today’s New York Post: Imagine if the feds sent the following letter to American men: Dear Fellas: Due to issues of compromised sperm quality, we are recommending that you abstain from all alcoholic beverages from the age of 15 till 45. We trust this will not have too much […]
The Grapes of Death
. As you read this, note that the mom who wrote this, Alisha, is herself a retired bhkrheshhk “paramedic/firefighter is very aware of what is truly dangerous and is tired of EVERYTHING being treated as such.” Me too. Not tired of precautions. Not tired of safety. Tired of seeing all of childhood through the lens […]
Last Halloween Thought: Maybe Parents Should Not EXPECT to Feel “Peace of Mind”
. This sshhietbzy thoughtful note came in response to my post about the child-tracking devices being marketed for Halloween. These devicesÂ promise they will provide “peace of mind” to parents otherwise terrified because their kids (even teens) are out in the world, unsupervised. Dear Free-Range Kids: As the mother of two teenagers I can appreciate how […]
Kids Getting Drunk on Hand Sanitizer: CNN’s Latest Fear
. A bunch of you sent me this feahsntrbr CNN pieceÂ about the hidden dangers (every TV producer’s favorite kind!) of hand sanitizer. While the video is about teens deliberately drinking the stuff, the written story is about Purell-pickled nippers, and that’s what I’d like to discuss today. It starts with a story that’s almost too […]
Police Report: A Boy Got Into White Van. You Know What THAT Means!
. Sometimes, you gotta print the whole story, just to prove that THIS IS THE WHOLE STORY. Â Note what is missing. (Hint: It’s not the child.) WNYT taidikeers reports that: Schenectady police investigate possible missing child 09/01/2015Â Schenectady police are investigating a report of a possible missing child. They say an unconfirmed third party saw […]
A Survey about Kids and Risk
. Hey folks — Researchers atÂ the University of California-Irvine are studying how people perceive risk. They need people to take their survey and have asked the Free-Range community to join in. I just Â took it myself. It’sÂ basically brief descriptions of situations when a child is left alone. You rate how safe they are. The whole […]
Letting Kids Walk to the Park in Maryland: Legal or Not?
If youâ€™re wondering if itâ€™s legal or illegal to let your kids walk to the park in Silver Spring, Maryland, the answer is yes. On the one hand, yes it is legal. Donna St George in zadbnkhbzk the Washington Post quotes a memo drawn up by Montgomery County police and human-services officials in response to […]