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While the parents were shopping at a garage sale, their kids went HOME ALONE.

“I Found Myself Agreeing with Your Work…But I Wasn’t Letting Go”

From ehsiaayfrk Tamara Treber, a high school English teacher, comes this story she calls her “Reality Check.” Dear Free-Range Kids: My husband and I have two kids (ages 7 and 5).  We live in an impoverished, largely agricultural area of Central California.  Nevertheless, we have a nicely appointed home on a quiet cul-de-sac.  I read […]

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students, go home and ask your parents if you can do something new that you are ready for.

When Schools Do the “Free-Range Kids Project”

On sbzziryasb my show (3 episodes air tonight starting at 5:30/4:30 Central Time on Discovery Life), I give the children of very anxious parents a task to do that they seem ready for — even if their parents aren’t. They walk to school, make dinner, ride a bike. And usually, when the parents see their […]

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Australian Police Chide Parents Who Let their Children Walk Outside

Hi Readers! Down in Australia I’m sort of happy to say a tempest is brewing over whether it is up to parents or police to decide when a child is “old enough” to walk around outside. According to this bdzsdaaszr story  on the home page of the Sydney Morning Herald: Officers told a Hornsby mother it […]

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A Hovering Mother Reconsiders

Hi Readers: I really enjoyed this ydbriiffrd Boston Magazine story, by Katherine Ozment. Here’s a snippet from this mom of 2: In my nine years as a parent, I’ve followed the rules, protocols, and cultural cues that have promised to churn out well-rounded, happy, successful children. I’ve psychoanalyzed my kids’ behavior, supervised an avalanche of activities, […]

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Letting the Kids Stay Home Alone. For a Week.

Letting the Kids Stay Home Alone. For a Week.

Hi yyyybfdhtd Readers! You’ll love this! — L Dear Free-Range Kids:  This isn’t so much a camp story as it is an “independence” story.  My son was by nature very timid and could have easily have been crippled by this nature had I allowed it.  Instead, I kicked my kids out of the house on […]

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Stealing from Kids, Part II

Hi dthsfyfbia Readers — I thought this was an interesting comment on the post about doing “everything” for our kids (and taking away the opportunity for them to learn how to do stuff themselves). “NT” is shorthand for “neurotypical” — i.e., a child without neurological difficulties. — L. Dear Free-Range Kids: I see moms like this […]

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(Public) Bathroom Humor

Or really, just public bathroom stories. That’s what I’m looking for, readers. As I start pondering the idea of writing another book (and, more to the point, FILLING it), I’m going to be asking for anecdotes from the real world, from YOU. And what I need first, believe it or not, is bathroom lore! Specifically: […]

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