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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Free Range Kids

Stumbled onto this site and with a quick scan it looks like it could be pretty good. If you are a parent and frustrated with everyone telling you and selling you that you aren't a good parent if you don't but the latest gadget or gizmo to keep you kid(s) safe and sound, then you aren't a good parent. Well, this little blog seems to be in favor of the anti-boomer/genxer model of parenting. Anti may be a strong suffix, but it raises some red flags about some modern parenting issues and points to look back at some old-school methods of raising our kids.

Here is the summary of the site:

Do you ever... ..let your kid ride a bike to the library? Walk alone to school? Take a bus, solo? Or are you thinking about it? If so, you are raising a Free Range Kid! At Free Range, we believe in safe kids. We believe in helmets, car seats and safety belts. We do NOT believe that every time school age children go outside, they need a security detail. Most of us grew up Free Range and lived to tell the tale. Our kids deserve no less. This site dedicated to sane parenting. Share your stories, tell your tips and maybe one day I will try to collect them in a book. Meantime, let's try to help our kids embrace life! (And maybe even clear the table.)

Check out Free Range Kids here. It'll be interesting to see where this little blog goes with tools, dialog, and opinions about raising free range kids.

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