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I Was the Victim of Extreme Free-Range Parenting

Kevin B. Morrow | Posted 10.13.2014 | 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.

Generational Differences

Lara M. Gardner | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Lara M. Gardner

What I miss the most about my childhood has nothing to do with the involvement or lack thereof of my parents, but of what technology has taken from us.

Sunday Unschooling

Will Braun | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Will Braun

I realized later in life that many of the most creative, wise and spiritually grounded people I knew had little formal education.

Lisa Belkin

Losing My Parenting Superpowers

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.09.2013 | Parents

My parenting superpower -- c’mon, we all have them -- is finding things. It began as a sixth sense for one particular thing -- Puff, the stuffed...

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.

LOOK: Gifts For Every (Stereotypical) Kind Of Mom

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents

If there's one thing we know about parenting, it's that every mom or dad can be summed up perfectly by a single label. (Yes -- of course! -- we're ...

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.

Should Little Girls Have Secrets?

Wendy Bradford | Posted 11.28.2012 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

"Well, you know, Molly, I don't like secrets. You're 4 and secrets are not okay."

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.

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?

A Man At The Bus Stop! Call The Police!

Lisa McElroy | Posted 04.23.2012 | Parents
Lisa McElroy

Like any parent, at first, I was alarmed, just as the "alert" intended me to be. There was a man at the bus stop? And a mother noticed him and tried to talk to him, but he didn't respond? What the heck?

I Did These Things as a Kid, But My Kids Won't

Amber Dusick | Posted 03.28.2012 | Parents
Amber Dusick

Are parents as a whole more protective these days? And where is the line drawn between good protection (seat belts and not letting your kids drink bleach) and being overprotective to where it is stifling for them. I think about this sometimes.

It's Hard Being Green When You Demean: Parents Bullying Parents

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

There is not one thing wrong with ecological awareness, but beyond diapers and organic baby food a newer use of "green" terminology has arisen when it comes to parenting, and it has a toxic residue.