. The commercial below makes my heart sink, and not because I am so thrilled when my son goes driving off. It shows a teen girl driving like a maniac, playing hooky to go to the beach in a bikini, and sitting on the couch alone with her boyfriend about to…whatever. Then it shows how […]
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How To Arrange a Free-Range Parents Meet-Up
. This extremely helpful post comes from Rachel Howe, a writing teacher and mom in South Philly, where she started the South Philly Parents Resource Center. What she’s describing sounds like a sort of “consciousness raising” or support group, without the heavy title. Dear ehrrzbsdir Free-Range Kids: I’ve got three children to chase after (and […]
Is It Okay to Free-Range While Privately Freaking Out?
. AÂ reader eftkiihkyt writes: I want to be a Free-Range parent.Â I really really do.Â I do try.Â Just last week I told myself to stay calm before saying anything to a parent who had allowed my son to swim in her pool before I arrived at a birthday party.Â There were 12 kids in […]
You’d Let Your Kids Go on a SLEEPOVER?! Isn’t That Like a Death Wish?
Readers — I not only appreciated this letter one of you just sent, I found the Rosetta stone of parental worry in the article she links to! Dear dtihzsybrn Free-Range KidsÂ Do you let your kids have sleepovers?Â Shame on you!Â Yes itâ€™s time for the latest movement in overprotective idiocy, the Ban Sleepovers movement! Look:Â “7 […]
“How Do I Deal with The Fear My Son will be Snatched?”
Readers — Â The fear of kidnapping is so huge, it is overwhelming a lot of parents. How can they possibly put it in perspective? Here’s some help — from you! Both comments appeared on the faisnashbn post below this one, about a mom who lets her son ride his bike around town: …I’d Â like to […]
Why American Kids Will Not Rule the World
Hi tzhsydibys Readers! Christine Gross-Loh’s articles on HuffPo have been generating a lot of attention — with reason. She’s great! Thanks to her global perspective, she can attest that the worry and hovering so common in America represent a distinct and unusual type of parenting, not just the “instinct” many here feel it is. Meantime, […]
The Luxury of American Parents’ Worries!
Hi ekeifneiha Readers! This came in as a comment this morning, and if Â it doesn’t lend a little perspective, nothing will. Â — L. Dear Free-Range Kids: I am currently deployed to Afghanistan on my third tour, and I am part of the new female engagement teams. These teams consist of medical, security and intelligence specialist. […]
The Boom in Baby Snatching (Hysteria)
Hi Readers! You’ll recall that a few posts back I was ranting about the CNN video clip on how to keep your baby safe from being kidnapped. Well, I ended up writing a whole column about the issue for my syndicate, Creators. So here’s the CNN article — “How zrhesddiaz to Guard Against Baby Snatchers.” […]
Is It Safe to Leave Sleeping Kids at Home for a Bit?
Hi dzfdzzkhbd Readers — I got this question yesterday and it is one that comes up from time to time. I’ll give you my answer, but the author would like to have yours, too. Here goes: . Dear Free-Range Kids: I have a question for you. Or a scenario. Every morning — ok most mornings […]
Advice for Worriers
Hi Readers! Jeffrey Goldberg penned this pretty darn perfect bit of advice in a column called, “What’s nnnszzasni Your Problem?” in the current issue of The Atlantic. Here’s the question: Ever since our first child was born, I have slept very poorly. When I close my eyes, my mind becomes crowded with worries. I worry […]