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

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner | Posted 07.28.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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.

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...

6 Ridiculous Reasons Why Parents Got In Hot Water This Year

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 03.02.2013 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

Welcome to the best and worst Free-Range Kids stories of 2012.

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...

Why I Hate Halloween

Paul Rasmussen | Posted 12.18.2012 | Parents
Paul Rasmussen

Perhaps my heart is two sizes too small, but even as a kid, I was not a fan of playing dress-up and knocking on doors asking for handouts. It was awkward and degrading.

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?

Your Child's World Will Shrink Before Your Eyes

Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.25.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

What was your "wandering range" as a child? What is your child's now? Does this give you second thoughts?

Paranoid Parents Are a Bigger Threat to Kids

James Peron | Posted 08.08.2012 | Parents
James Peron

Our kids are suffering from an orgy of bad parenting. Yes, there are real dangers to kids, but the main harm they face is imposed by their own parents.

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.

Florida Community Makes Children Stay Indoors

Posted 05.02.2012 | Parents

What would you do if your child could never go outside in your neighborhood without adult supervision? For some residents of Naples, Florida's Lely...

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?

Parenting: Grazing With Our Kids, Attachment Not Allowed

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

Parents who are so hyper-critical or enamored of their children can be annoying. This is not, however, the only flavor of intense involvement with our children, nor is deep parental attachment always negative

Go Ask Alice: Parents Will Screw Up No Matter How They "Parent"

Susan Weissman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Weissman

Even if you do "do your own thing" sometimes you will do it wrong and you will get anxious and sorry and angry because that is how it feels to be parent.