Author(s): Leonore Skenazy
FREE RANGE KIDS has become a national movement, sparked by the incredible response to Lenore Skenazy's piece about allowing her 9-year-old ride the subway alone in NYC. Parent groups argued about it, bloggers, blogged, spouses became uncivil with each other, and the media jumped all over it. A lot of parents today, Skenazy says, see no difference between letting their kids walk to school and letting them walk through a firing range. Any risk is seen as too much risk. But if you try to prevent every possible danger or difficult in your child's everyday life, that child never gets a chance to grow up. We parents have to realize that the greatest risk of all just might be trying to raise a child who never encounters choice or independence.
Acknowledgments. Introduction: Welcome to-Yikes! Part 1 The Fourteen Free-Range Commandments. 1 Know When to Worry. 2 Turn Off the News. 3 Avoid Experts. 4 Boycott Baby Knee Pads. 5 Don't Think Like a Lawyer. 6 Ignore the Blamers. 7 Eat Chocolate. 8 Study History. 9 Be Worldly. 10 Get Braver. 11 Relax. 12 Fail! 13 Lock Them Out. 14 Listen to Your Kids. Part 2 The Free-Range Guide to Life. Safe or Not? The A-to-Z Review of Everything. You Might Be Worried About. Conclusion. About the Author. Index.