Why I Am Afraid Of My Neighbors

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv of Maryland are back in the news this week. You might remember their names from back in December, when their parenting practices first fell under the harsh microscope of media scrutiny....more

Is Fear Ruining Childhood

Like many people approaching the mid-century (ACK!) mark, I look back fondly on childhood as an idyllic episode in my life.  And while it may be true, as Doug Larson says, that "nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days," I still think those days were pretty good....more

A Letter To My Neighbors About My Yard: There's a Reason for It

Dear Busybody Neighbors,This is a letter to you, the ones that made a huge fuss over the state of chaos that was our yard after several tons of oak tree smashed our house during Hurricane Irene, the ones who welcomed us back to the neighborhood the very day we arrived home after our 10 months of refugee-living (while our house was being rebuilt) by reminding us that we had one week to clean up the yard before the America In Bloom garden snob judges came to town. There are many of you in this neighborhood. I know because I've had you pull over to remind us that our grass needs mowing even when it is only an inch or two taller than yours. I've seen you scoff at the toys scattered on the porch and the general unruliness of our yard....more
This is really too bad. I don't know your neighbours of course, but wonder if you can sway them ...more

50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do - Walk Home From School

Janet Costellowww.iblog4boys.blogspot.com50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do ...more
I love that book. We checked it out from the library last fall and I promptly ordered a copy for ...more

Lenore Skenazy live tonight on 'free range kids,' parenting and security

I'm part of a small team. We produce internet based 'radio' programs, called Virtually Speaking. Like much of the better things I've done in my life - like parenting - I started out with almost no appreciation of how much I had to learn and what it would take me to learn it. Another thread .......more

Did I mention we produce our programs before a digitally present audience in Second Life? Yep. ...more

Boys Playing with Fire

So what do you do when you have a kid who is really interested in fire (no, I'm not going to use the "P" word)? That topic came up for Dennis and I this summer when Gavin was really insistent on using matches. After a few pointers and ground rules like when and where and what to do in an emergency, he was on his own.It led to some discussions with Gavin about what can go wrong when kids decided to play with matches and/or fires in other settings....more

Free Range Kids, & why my I'm not gonna leave my 3 year old at the park


As of this past year, I let my 10yo explore (always with a buddy) the woods behind our property ...more

Interview With Free Range Kids Author Lenore Skenazy

Stop by to check out my interview with uber cool author Lenore Skenazy of Free Range Kids. She's the founder of the anti-helicopter parenting Free Range movement. Read more at Pajamas and Coffee. @marymacwww.pajamasandcoffee.com...more

The 2000s: The Decade of Attachment Parenting, Hipster Parenting, Celebrity Babies and Free Range Kids

We entered the 2000s on the heels of 1999's MILF phenomenon. Suddenly, Stifler's mom reframed "mommy" for better and for worse. "For better" because childbearing doesn't necessarily mean a downward spiral into pleated-front jeans and large cotton underwear, and "for worse" because nobody wants to hear how fast the latest celebrity lost her baby weight. (Heidi Klum, I'm happy for you. Now stop. Just stop.) ...more

I applaud your insight.  Do you feel this preparation should occur in the classroom? ...more