Welcome to the Re-formatted (but Still Soulful) Free-Range Kids

Everyone needs a new hairstyle once in a while, and Free-Range Kids was getting to that point, metaphorically. (Its founder is getting to that point non-metaphorically.) So welcome to the new format of the site.

You’ll find new features that I hope you’ll like, including a bigger tab bar, where it is now simple to find the crime stats that show that times ARE different today — they’re safer than when most of us were growing up — and the Free-Range Bill of Rights. It is also simpler now to see several recent stories at a glance. I envied that layout on other sites and am happy to have it now too.

Also here is the piece fisiyfzahh
de resistance
, Find a Free-Range Friend, up there in the tab bar, too, and about which I’ll write more soon. But first let me thank the two incredible people who worked on its first inception as well as the one you see here: Jonathan Meyers and Eileen Mullin — both of them Free-Range Parents, by the way. The program is up and running but I’m waiting for a few more people to join before I make a more formal (that is: bigger) announcement. If you try it out, send feedback about any glitches or, of course, glee.

Meantime, let me thank Eileen Mullin for being my web guru from the very start. I am so grateful. – L.

Sometimes, you need to change your style.

Sometimes, you just need to change your style.


28 Responses to Welcome to the Re-formatted (but Still Soulful) Free-Range Kids

  1. Papilio February 15, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    “(Its founder is getting to that point non-metaphorically.) ”

    As long as it isn’t a mohawk…. πŸ˜›

  2. Beth February 15, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    The new format looks great! But … I already know I’m going to miss the most recent tweets on the right side; I often used those to jump to an article you referenced. Yes, I know I can use my Twitter feed, that that was really convenient.

  3. FreedomForKids February 15, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    @Beth..Ditto that.

  4. drnic February 15, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    I love the redesign, but I too will miss the most recent tweets on the sidebar. I don’t always have time to check twitter. I registered on freerangefriend but right now I’m the only one in my area. But that’s ok, I tend to be an early adopter.

  5. Paul February 15, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    I also like how much better it looks on mobile.

  6. Sarah February 15, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    I like the look. I don’t use Twitter, so I wouldn’t have noticed that change. The rest of it is clear and easy to navigate. And am sure your hair looks great, too.

  7. Wendy Constantinoff February 15, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    Very smart πŸ™‚

  8. Matthew Gross February 15, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    Love it!

  9. Reziac February 15, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

    Most of the time when a site gets facelifted, it also stops being easy to read and use. But not this time! This is actually improved!! Still simple and readable which is the most important part.

  10. hineata February 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    Hmm…had to have a go to see if a picture comes up beside my name. Hoping not!Γ°ΕΈΛœβ€ . But looks good Lenore. …

  11. pentamom February 15, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

    Let’s see if I get an avatar…..

  12. pentamom February 15, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    Yep. I think it depends on what sites/services you have an avatar on already. That’s mine from Disqus, I think.

  13. pentamom February 15, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    An I like the new look as well. I miss the Twitter feed — I’m not on Twitter and don’t feel the need. But I realize I’m the minority.

  14. Kimberly Herbert February 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm #

    I like the crime stats page. I have found that showing that data to people makes them think and often changes their minds.

  15. julie5050 February 15, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

    As long as it doesn’t turn into those horrid slideshows and pop up ads!

  16. Vicky February 15, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

    Like it! πŸ™‚

  17. buffylew February 15, 2015 at 7:16 pm #


  18. Edward February 16, 2015 at 2:53 am #

    Cool New You!

  19. Barak A. Pearlmutter February 16, 2015 at 4:59 am #

    The “find a free-range friend” registration page does not allow anyone living outside the United States of America to register.

  20. Katie February 16, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    This might be a bit odd situation but I’d like to be able to look for FR friends in two location. No, not shared custody or something like that! We currently live in northern NY but spend a large amount of time with my parents in south jersey and will be back there to stay in about a year and a half. So both would be helpful. Should I have two accounts under the same name?

  21. Donna February 16, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    Just wondering if a picture pops up. Nice layout Lenore.

  22. Papilio February 16, 2015 at 8:50 am #

    Another thing I’d like (first one was a little list of links to the recent posts) is threads in the comment section.

    And I miss the blue in the header πŸ™‚ Now it would go nice with your blouse!

  23. M. Hopkins February 16, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    The new site looks great!

  24. Elisabeth February 16, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    My kids are now basically teens, but it would still be great to connect with like-minded folks in the SF Bay area. However, one of my kids does not adhere to the binary model of gender identity, so I can’t really register em for the FFRF program. Anyway you could create a way to accommodate that?

  25. Roger the Shrubber February 16, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    I had been meaning to suggest that Lenore update the photo of herself used on the banner but didn’t want to sound insulting to someone for whom I have such respect. Being such a celeb, I knew she had to have a professionally done photo. Much better!

  26. LTMG February 17, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    In your previous photo I liked the spectacle frames. Ah, just a memory now.

  27. Etreju February 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    I love your blog. The mobile site looks great. The regular front page looks like it was designed to look good on a tablet. I don’t really understand why the web is being remade for the 10% of web traffic that comes from tablets. I liked being able to read stuff from the front page…

  28. Script and Scribble February 23, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    I love the new look and wish you all the success.