This fthbbeyeef mom believes that letting her kids walk to school by age 9 — as she did — is not only okay, it’s important: [B]eing out in the world, taking chances, making choices â€” is a critical part of progressing from childhood to becoming an autonomous adult. It is also an important way for […]
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Start Now! Organize a Weekly “Fun Sports” Day
Readers — Sometimes I can’t believe how hard it is for kids to find anyone to play with outside. Â Some days my sports-loving son, now 15, still comes straight home, only because all the other kids were doing that, too. So — here’s sfdnnaznty an alternativeÂ you might want to try:Â Rather than relying on parents to […]
“No One Who Lives in Our Community Should Ever Ride a Bike” – American Politician
Readers kkzdsskfzs — This is just outrageous. I’m cutting and pasting from the site People for Bikes. In truth, riding bikes in urban areas scares ME, but that doesn’t mean I am against it. It just means that we should work even harder to make biking SO COMMON that when some politician says, “It’s just […]
Why Is Gov’t Destroying Stamps that Show Kids Playing?
Readers — Linn’s ershhitkza Stamp News reports that the government is destroying the stamps below that were supposed to boost Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” movement.Â You have to guess why. I’ll tell you tomorrow. Or you can check out Michael Graham’s post about them, which is where I found the story. But really. Try to guess […]
Does Your Children’s Weekend Look Like This?*
Readers — It’s Memorial Day in the States, the “unofficial beginning of summer.” Seeing this 2-min video of childhood from Britain in the ’50s, I feel tears going up my nose. How many kids would LOVE going outside and finding a field of friends to play with? And how few do, anymore? Free-Range Kids is […]
Can Playing Outside Ease ADHD?
Readers — These studies discussed at Inhabitots kztzbsiate seem to support what a lot of us feel in our guts: That outdoor play is probably very key, and taking it away in favor of more “safety” or more “education” has caused us a number of ills. Ironically, our kids are LESS safe (from depression, diabetes, […]
SATURDAY! 4th Annual “Take Our Children to the Park…and Leave Them There Day”
Yes folks, Saturday May 18 is international Take iezhbbsekr Our Children to the Park…and Leave Them There Day, the Free-Range holiday that’s celebrated just the way it sounds: We all take our kids to our local park and, if they’re 7 or 8 or older, leave them there for a bit, starting at 10 a.m.Â That […]
Presenting: A Short Free-Range Kids Film!
Hi Folks! This is a documentary done byÂ Carla Reid and Franny Plumridge, two university students who were raised in the country 16,000 kilometres apart (Carla in Australia, Franny in Canada), but both encouraged by their parents to actively explore and experience their world. Their rural Free-Range upbringing and shared passion for filmmaking inspired them to […]
How to Give Your Kids an Old-Fashioned Summer!
Hi aizeyehnbb Folks! This lovely and simple idea comes to us fromÂ Heike Larson, who is the Vice President of Parent Outreach atÂ LePort Schools, a group of six private Montessori schools in Orange County, CA. She writes about education in general and Montessori in particular on theÂ LePort Schools blog. – L. . IF SUMMER IS FOR […]
Go Play in the Street!
Hi seytekkfez Folks! This lovely photo and note come to us from Paul Beard, who describes himself as growing up a Free-Range Kid “before we knew what it was.” He now lives with his wife and two high school kids in Seattle, where he “involuntarily retired from Internet technology to become COO/GM of domestic affairs, […]