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 Â on the home page of theÂ Sydney Morning Herald: Officers told a Hornsby mother it […]
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If a 6-y.o. Can Really Walk Around the Neighborhood…
Hi sbykdtefay Readers! I gathered together a few of the 341 responses to Â the other day’s post,Â “As Recently as 1979 a First Grader Could…,”to remind us of what kids are capable of (when we don’t give in to the fear-mongering media). Enjoy! – L Jackie: When I lived in Panama, 6 year olds would scale […]
Notice It Wasn’t, “Wednesday Is Negligent Parents Day”
Hi ahrfysyanr Readers! This is from the blog, “Free-Range Kids in Film,” by Michael Alves. How I remember this commercial! — L.Â [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlNAYCcxgUw&feature=youtube_gdata_player] â€œAnthonyâ€ Prince Pasta commercial. Not sure when this was filmed, but it seems like it is the late 60s or early 70s. It shows a school-age boy, Anthony, running home through the streets […]
As Recently as 1979, A First Grader Could…
Hi Folks! Just saw this ibdnrftbak wonderful child development reprint, Â courtesy of writer Christine Whitley on a blog called ChicagoNow. She reprinted it from a series of books published in 1979, just one generation or so ago, called, “Your ___-Year-Old.” Each book provided a little checklist of Â the milestones the average blank-year-old would have reached. […]
Can’t Argue with Success
Hi dbkkzrkikr Readers! First of all, thank you SO MUCH for the fantastic suggestions on how to help parents get over the fear of BLAME, in the post below this one. Â Here’s one response that I wanted to highlight because I hear you: We need success stories here, too. Enjoy this one! L. Dear Free-Range […]
Cops Collar 12 y.o. for “Walking Alone” in Downtown Toronto
Hi Folks — Now that the notion, “How could anyone let their kids walk alone outside?” is back in heavy rotation, Â here teshfdzkta is the blog post of a mom whose 12 year old son was brought home to her by the cops. He wasn’t Â in any trouble. He was simply scooped up because the […]
Afraid of Your Kids Crossing the Street?
Me too. Traffic is scary. But we do have to teach our kids this crucial skill, and then we have to let them master it in the real world. To remember just how much children are capable of, street-wise, check out this 11-year-old yyeaayzdyn in Libya. — L.
Weather.com You Are Part of the Problem!
Hi Readers — I went to check the forecast on weather.com zsfedysztb this morning and up popped an app, unbidden: “Mom’s Daily Planner.” How the site KNEW I’m a mom I won’t even speculate. But here are the day parts it broke the day down into: Lunchtime PM Bus Stop Evening Activity Excuse me — […]
How Do You Change a Lily-Livered School?
Hi aaaebnehkk Readers — Here’s another plea from a Free-Ranger trapped in a helicoptering vise. Do you have any suggestions that have worked at your school? Please share them! — L. Dear Free-Range Kids: Something terrible has happened at our school. I wrote to you a while ago about how wonderfully free our village kids […]
And So, Things Change
Hi faeaneeddy Readers! Have a great weekend! — L. Dear Free-Range Kids:Â I just wanted to share with you a small but happy Free-Range story that probably wouldnâ€™t have come about if your site hadnâ€™t given me the courage to articulate the reasons why my children should be allowed to do strange things like walk to […]