Did you noticed the Free-Range Kids’ moment at the Oscars last night? No, not the one where everyone suddenly had to problem-solve on their own and rise to the occasion — just like kids do in free play, the activity we have snatched (like an Oscar!) from them. It was this moment, as described by […]
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The Future Begins in Play: Steven Johnson
This succinct, compelling TED Talk by Steven Johnson, author of How ryhtzbrhrt We Got to Now, explains that Â many great inventions, including the computer, often began as simply new ways to play. The Free-Range corollary is that if we want to raise great inventors (or simply happy humans) we need to let kids do the […]
UPDATE on Mom Whose Child Was in her Own Backyard When a Neighbor Called the Cops
After nffhtdssrz a neighbor called the cops and CPS on a mom whose child was 50 feet away from her in her own large backyard (see the post right below this one) and the cops, thankfully, realized how ridiculous that was, the mom wanted to fight back. She pondered suing the neighbor. She wanted to […]
“My Child Is Getting Too Much Playtime in Pre-School”
. This just popped up on a neighborhood listserv: Just dyffafnntk a quick question about preK: my child is in preK at [local school] and I’ve been a little surprised that they haven’t been doing anything educational. Â My child was in preschool at [other local place] before and they used to read books, paint, practice […]
One Piece of Wood — And A Mom Who Did NOT Say, “Try it This Way, Honey!”
. This trekdsyrfi essay at Nature Play Nanny gets at one of my pet peeves: nature visits that treat the great outdoors like the Louvre — magnificent, precious, and only to be appreciated with a guide: â€œWhich group are you supposed to be with? Are you here with a parent? Where is your mom?â€ I […]
Are Our Kids Too Safe to Succeed?
. Here’s a chunk of my piece thatÂ just azbhrtrbki ran on Â Politico. After explaining that I’m the mom who let her 9 year old ride the subway alone, yada yada, and that our society overestimates danger and underestimates kids (also yada yada), I went on to say that keeping our kids constantly supervised Â is Â — […]
Nature Valley’s “Get Kids Outside” Ad
. What a thought-provoking video: . The ysfddibnya ad shows several grandparents reminiscing about their childhood fun outside — tobogganing, planting, fishing — and then several parents recalling that they’d build forts, or just head out to find friends to play with. Finally, their kids talk about their love of videogames andÂ texting. The ad then […]
Cops Haul 7 year old to Station for Playing in Park. Mom Charged with Child Endangerment
. A 7 year old in Westbrook, Maine, was playing at the park within eyesight of her family’s house. Someone called 911 (of course)Â andÂ police swooped in.Â They took the girl toÂ the precinct because, as this bzekdfktke WMTW reporter notes, “Mom WASN’T watching.” You mean, mom didn’t devote her afternoon to sitting at the side of the […]
Subaru Ad: Isn’t It Great Kids Spend Their Entire Childhood In the Car?
. This iazhhzfzth ad, just brought to my attention though it’s a year old, is completely shocking. I don’t think an ad could be more dystopian. Parents: You will spend your children’s entire childhood chauffeuring them from the day they’re born through their teen years. Enjoy! Kids: You will spend your entire childhood with your […]
Why Are Kids So “Bad” at Playing Tag?
Occupational nnykfshrnz therapist Angela Hanscom is founder of the New England nature-based program TimberNook, and author of a bunch of fascinating articles, including â€œWhy So Many Kids Canâ€™t Sit Still in School Today.â€ Her latest piece is about how weâ€™re inadvertently depriving children of the opportunity to learn how to use their muscles, which leads […]