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3 Quick Notes About 'The Coddling of the American Mind'

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 08.11.2016 | College
Greg Lukianoff

I hope you'll read the whole article, which defies a quick summary, but there are three additional things I need to say about the piece.

My So-Called Free-Range Childhood

Erika Milvy | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Erika Milvy

When I read these gloating musings, I bristle. These parents were probably raised in suburbia, I think, sneering to myself a tiny bit. I'm contemptuous of these contemptuous parents with their Rockwell-esque reveries.

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.

Most Americans Think 9-Year-Olds Shouldn't Play At Parks Alone. But, Why?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents

This summer, there have been multiple reports of parents being charged as criminals for leaving kids at parks, in cars or around in the neighborhood. ...

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?

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.

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.

Notes From A Newbie Free-Range Parent

Michelle Cove | Posted 08.28.2013 | Parents
Michelle Cove

I watched her walk down the driveway, her enormous pink, flowered backpack bobbing up and down, and felt teary as she turned to smile at me and wave.

WATCH: Are We Protecting Our Children Or Smothering Them?

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.09.2013 | Parents

An Ohio father let his 6-year-old daughter walk to the post office by herself the other day, and now he is the subject of both an investigation by Chi...

Mom Protests Increased Security At Daycare After Sandy Hook

Posted 12.21.2012 | Parents

With nerves on edge in the wake of of last week's horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., schools across the country have been reviewing and enhancing th...

3 Blog Posts We Loved This Week

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 12.03.2012 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, Tracy of Sellabit Mum tells her children why she writes online, a Lesbian Family blogger reflects on the "mommy" name game a...

How Hurricane Sandy Affects Trick-Or-Treating

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 10.31.2012 | Parents

Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast on Monday night, likely driving Halloween far from the minds of those who witnessed its greatest destr...

Free-Range Extracurricular Activity: Pay Me to Ignore Your Kids

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 11.10.2012 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

"I Won't Supervise Your Kids" ™ is different from soccer and ballet because the kids have to figure out what to do with themselves.

The Week's Best Mom And Dad Blogs

Posted 07.31.2012 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, The Didactic Pirate's daughter asks about Gay Pride, Tanis Miller gets worn out driving her kids to camp, Lenore Skenazy sha...

America Is Safer Than Ever, So Why Are Parents So Scared?

Megan Rosker | Posted 09.29.2012 | Parents
Megan Rosker

Don't our kids deserve the same great memories and fond experiences of freedom and play that we had?

The Best Of The Mom And Dad Blogs This Week

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 06.28.2012 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, a former bully comes clean, a "free-range" parent stands her ground and a blogger describes the harsh realities of postpartu...

Etan Patz, My Children, And Me

Lisa Belkin | Posted 07.25.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

We are teaching them that the world is more dangerous than it actually is, that everyone and anyone is out to get them, that they need an adult close to keep them safe.

Dorm on Fire, Student Calls Parents Before Firemen

Lisa Belkin | Posted 03.25.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Have we spent so much energy protecting our children from the world that they are unprepared to live in it?

How Should Parents React to Tragic Murder of 8-Year-Old Boy

Larry Magid | Posted 09.13.2011 | Impact
Larry Magid

While we mourn the death of young Leiby Kletzky, we must remember that safety is more than just the absence of danger. It's the presence of a full and happy life -- a life that's not dominated by fear.

Problems With Overprotective Parents: Why Letting Children Play In Dirt Is Healthy

Ramon Resa, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ramon Resa, MD

As a pediatrician, I am very aware of the dangers for children. Over time, however, I have come to the conclusion that we are doing our kids a disservice by being hyper aware of all the dangers in our society.

21 Reasons to LOVE The Rain

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lenore Skenazy

Times Square tourists hogging fewer chairs is just one of the reasons to love the rain.

Today In HuffPost New York

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

It's been a long time since Michael Jackson created anything much in the way of great music. We can mourn the man who lost his way. But if we're sad at his passing, I think we're mainly missing the Jackson fans we were ourselves.

Why I'm Raising Free-Range Kids

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lenore Skenazy

When I wrote a little column about letting my fourth-grader ride the subway solo from Bloomingdale's to 34th Street and from there, to take a bus by himself, home, it hit the proverbial "nerve."

Today In HuffPost New York

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

Once again today all eyes will turn to Albany and we'll be bringing you every new, exciting moment of dysfunction. And please, check out our bloggers