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The Art of Noticing

Annie Flavin | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Annie Flavin

This summer, I am going to notice my children as they notice the world in the timeframe of summer -- when the days are long and the schedule is gone.

Raising Risk-Takers: An Upside of Free-Range Parenting?

Kim Douglass Marin | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Kim Douglass Marin

I do know that my work as a parent is to protect, yes, but also to find ways to push against my kids' boundaries. I want them, after all, to come up with adventures of their own in the years ahead, and feel comfortable selling me on them. That's a version of "free range" I can embrace.

A Tale of Two Cities: Free Range in Silver Spring Versus Supervision in Baltimore

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

The debate in the media and around the kitchen table continues to gain momentum. Is free range parenting good or bad for children?

The Best Gifts I Can Give My Children To Ensure Their Success

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

It was under the tree house where my siblings and I would play restaurant, serving up birdseed soup and mud pies. It was in the big red barn that we would play hide-and-seek. It was on the tire swing where we would shout out made-up songs. It was on the screened-in porch where I spent hours filling notebooks with story ideas. We drank from the outdoor water pump after spending a day playing mermaids and Marco Polo in the swimming pool. We would make bouquets out of my mom's flowers and ride bikes up and down the big hill, stopping by the apple trees for a snack.

I'm Afraid to Let My Kids Roam

Rachel Toalson | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Do you know what we had to cross to get to the store? A HIGHWAY. By ourselves. All alone. At 10, 9 and 6.

I Want to Raise Free-Range Children

Toni Hammer | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

I do, and always will, worry about my kids when I'm not with them. Even when they're at my in-laws, who are absolutely fantastic with them, I still worry. Are they getting enough attention? Sleeping enough? Is my son eating dog poop? What's happening?

Free-Range Parenting, Facing Fears And Letting Go

Carter Gaddis | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Carter Gaddis

Listen, we trust our sons. They have proven worthy of that trust time and again. They are growing up well and confident. But they're kids, and we're parents.

Free Range Parenting Will Take Guts, Groups

Sarah Smiley | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

What has happened in one generation to cause a shift in the definition of a bad parent from "someone who lets her kids play Atari all day" to "someone who doesn't keep her kids inside playing Wii all day"?

The 6 Rules Of Preschool Fight Club

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

The first rule of Preschool Fight Club: You must talk about Preschool Fight Club. You must talk to the participants so they know the limits and boundaries. And you have to talk to other parents about it.

Are You a Free-Range Parent? You Should Be

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.23.2015 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

The topic of free-range children hits home for me on a very personal level. With daughters who are 9 and 7, I experience the conflict between my desire to protect them and my wish to set them free

Free-Range Mom Blamed For Child Neglect Says Her Life Has Been 'Torn Apart'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents

Danielle Meitiv often lets her two kids, Rafi, 10 and Dvora, 6, play outside without her supervision. They are even allowed to walk home from the neig...

Reality, Risk & Reward: Is US Kids TV Ripe for Authenticity and Autonomy?

David Kleeman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
David Kleeman

If we're going to wring our hands over whether today's kids are losing creativity, though, it only takes seeing the smiles and obvious pride on "MasterChef Junior" participants' faces to suggest that it's worth the attempt.

Free-Range Parenting Debate Misses a Critical Point

Jerome Schultz | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Jerome Schultz

Kids have not been judiciously and purposefully inoculated against difficulty, and when they stare it in the face, they overestimate the size of the challenge and they turn and run or try to hide.

Some Parents Choose To Put Kids In Harm's Way

Julie Gunlock | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Julie Gunlock

It's absurd that senseless fear of a vaccination or certain chemicals used in the vaccination should lead to the unnecessary death or serious illness of a child.

Mom Who Is Being Investigated For Letting Her Kids Walk Home Alone Stands By Her Decision

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents

Last month, 10-year-old Ravi and 6-year-old Dvora were walking home from a park when they were stopped by police and driven to their residence about a...

I Was the Victim of Extreme Free-Range Parenting

Kevin B. Morrow | Posted 12.10.2014 | Fifty
Kevin B. Morrow

Now to clarify, we were not THOSE kinds of Florida people that you see today on tabloid television shows. We were a normal middle class family who owned their home, had multiple cars and even went out to dinner regularly (a big deal in the 1970's).

Sometimes It Takes A Village, Except When It Shouldn't

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner | Posted 09.27.2014 | Parents
Rachel Leventhal-Weiner

The bystander in Ms. Harrell's story seems to have skipped the parent-to-parent moment. Instead, Ms. Harrell's story opens a whole vortex of parenting worry I had never even considered -- the meddling stranger.

In Defense of Helicopter Parenting

Julie M Green | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Julie M Green

I never set out to become a poster girl for helicopter parenting. In fact, I despise the term, and would much rather be called a protective parent. Somewhere along the line, though, cautious parents like me became misunderstood, even maligned, in the media.

Free Range Kids

Brian Leaf | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

Maybe kids are not as breakable as I thought. Could it be that my anxieties about falling from a bicycle and eating spoiled eggs and falling from a trampoline are more dangerous than a scrape, occasional bellyache, or even twisted ankle?

6 Simple Ways to Parent More Effectively

Brian Leaf | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

We don't need to model getting everything right. That would be too neurotic. It's OK to mess up. We just need to model taking responsibility, apologizing for our mistakes and forgiving ourselves.

iPads, Martinis and Bubble Wrap: The New American Parenting Style

Tara Kennedy-Kline | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Tara Kennedy-Kline

When did kids become more afraid of boredom than they are of parents?! The concept of leaving our children outside all day without contact is not only ancient history, it's unfathomable to parents today.

I Am THAT PARENT

Marina Sbrochi | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
Marina Sbrochi

I've breastfed and I've formula fed and I double dog dare you to be correct when you tell me which child is which.

Howard's Daily: The Danger in Children's Safety

Philip K. Howard | Posted 05.21.2014 | Parents
Philip K. Howard

America's obsession with safety has stunted children's development. It has made play so boring that American children spend hours on the sofa with their video games, contributing to the crisis of obesity.

The Simple School Project That Sets Kids Free

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 12.07.2013 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

School is in full swing, which means that at least one group of sixth graders is about to undergo an enormous, transformative experience.

Comin' In for a Landing: One Helicopter Mom's Challenge to Cut Her Engine and End Her Hovering Ways

Jennifer Breheny Wallace | Posted 10.05.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Breheny Wallace

My 7-year-old son and I had a fun but tiring summer last year, a three-month push and pull between his desire to grow up and my desire to keep him safe. I vowed to make this summer a summer of more freedom for both of us, and enlisted the help of Lenore Skenazy.