Remember, folks, what SEEMS like just a normal amount of supervision now — that is, constant — was not syhabrfdzn normal until very recently, as this clip from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, reminds us. Elliott, a “boy of 9 or 10,” stays home from school alone for a day. And his sister Gertie, 5, stays home […]
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Open Floor Concept: A Helicoptering Idea?
How tefnnrsekt we live reflects what we think is important, obviously. So here’s a question about the connection between home design and parenting: Dear Free-Range Kids:Â I am interested if you have noticed the similarities in our society of hyper-vigilantÂ parenting and the “open concept floor plan?” I love watching those Do It Yourself and home remodeling […]
The Simpons’ Season Finale: Marge Jailed for Letting Bart Play at Park Unsupervised!
. Readers, one of you must be good at figuring out where to find the latest Simpsons’ episode, legally. (We have plenty of people in my home who can do it the other way.) If/when you do, please share its embed code. But until that date, here is a synopsis of last night’s season finale. […]
. The paragraph below is from a press release about a GPS’ing service parents can subscribe to. When would you need this service? How about when your kids are — Walking dtdryzfnns to school solo. Â Sure, you only live a few blocks from school, but letting your kids make the journey alone seems terrifying.Â Freedom […]
Pope Francis to Parents: Thou Shalt Free-Range
. Pope Francis’ “Statement taktyddksd on the Family,” released April 8, runs 200+ pages. I cannot claim to have read them all. But Â here’s the part I’d call the Free-Range Passage (page 196-7): Parents need to be involved and “consider what they want their children to be exposed to,” wrote the Pope. “Vigilance is always […]
A Mom on Why She Doesn’t Monitor Her Kids’ Texts Anymore
. My buddyÂ Michelle Icard, author of Middle School Makeover, read the recent blog post here about Â the app that lets you watch your kid’s every move on a smartphone, and sent me this article of hers that just ran in the Washington Post. She’s talking about a social media panel she was on: When we […]