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Free Range Kids : How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) - Leonore Skenazy

Free Range Kids

How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)


Published: 26th March 2010
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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.

About the Author

Lenore Skenazy writes a bright, unpredictable op-ed column that appears in more than 100 papers. Her often cheery, sometimes chiding pieces look at everything from politics to family life to the strange times we live in - times that have brought us bottled water for dogs, pole dancing for grannies and the vocabulary-covered "S.A.T. Shower Curtain" for kids.

Her observations can be heard on NPR and read in Reader's Digest. She has also written for Mad Magazine and co-authored "The Dysfunctional Family Christmas Songbook." Her quiz/joke book, "Who's The Blonde That Married What's-His-Name?" is due out in June and her topical humor contest, "What Next?" runs in The Week. She also spent several years as an on-air (younger, cuter) Andy Rooney, first at CNBC and then at the Food Network.

After she let her 9-year-old take the subway by himself and wrote about it in April of '08, she found herself on "The Today Show," "Dr. Phil," and even the BBC, defending herself against charges she was "America's Worst Mom." (Go ahead - Google it.) She launched the blog, "Free Range Kids" to explain her parenting philosophy and this proved so popular, she went on to write the book, Free Range Kids.

Skenazy lives in Manhattan with her husband and two sons.

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Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Welcome to-Yikes!p. xi
The fourteen free-Range Commandmentsp. 1
Know When to Worryp. 3
Play Dates and Axe Murderers: How to Tell the Difference
Turn Off the Newsp. 12
Go Easy on the "Law and Order," Too
Avoid Expertsp. 21
Who Knew You Were Doing Everything Wrong? ...Them!
Boycott Baby Knee Padsp. 31
And the Rest of the Kiddie Safety-Industrial Complex
Don't think Like a Lawyerp. 41
Some Risks Are Worth It
Ignore the Blamersp. 50
They Don't Know Your Kid Like You Do
Eat Chocolatep. 59
Give Halloween Back to the Trick-or-Treaters
Study Historyp. 68
Your Ten-Year-Old Would Have Been Forging Horseshoes (or at Least Delivering Papers)
Be Worldlyp. 80
Why Other Countries Are Laughing at zee Scaredy-Cat Americans
Get Braverp. 91
Quit Trying to Control Everything. It Doesn't Work Anyway
Relaxp. 103
Not Every Little Thing You Do Has That Much Impact on Your Child's Development
Fail!p. 114
It's the New Succeed
Lock Them Outp. 125
Make Them Play-or Else!
Listen to Your Kidsp. 135
They Don't Want to Be Treated Like Babies (Except the Actual Babies, of Course)
The Free-Range Guide Lifep. 145
Safe or Not? The A-to-Z Review of Everything You Might Be Worried Aboutp. 147
Animals, Being Eaten By
Bats (Metal)
Bats (Vampire)
Bottle Feeding: Formula for Disaster?
BPA Poisoning in Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups ... and Everything Else
Cell Phones and Brain Cancer (but Not, Alas, "Cell Phones and How Come Your Kids Never Answer When You Need Them To")
Choking on Food and All the Other Little Things Around the House
Cough and Cold Medicinitis
Death by Stroller
Eating Snow
Germs, Antigerms, and Shopping Cart Liners
Halloween Candy: Hershey's Kiss of Death?
Internet Predators and Other Skeeves Online
Lead Paint, Lead Toys, and Lead Everything from China
Licking the Batter off Beaters While They Ace Still Plugged In
Plastic Bags and Why There Are Warnings All over Them
Playground Perils
Pools and Water and Kids and Toilets (Not the Fun Part)
Raw Dough's Raw Deal
School Shootings
Spoilage (of Children)
Spoilage (of Lunch)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Sunscreen, Vitamin D, Skin Cancer, You Name It
Teen Sex (Yes, Kids, We Know You're Reading This. Now Come and Ask Us All About Contraception)
The Woods, Playing In
Walking to School (or at Least the Bus Stop)
Zoo Animals (in Cracker Form and Otherwise)
Strangers with Candy: Even the Folks Who Put the Faces on Milk Cartons Aren't Too Worriedp. 180
Conclusion: The Other Problem That Has No Name-and Its Solutionp. 191
Sourcesp. 197
Helpful Books, Blogs, Web Sites, and Some Inspiring Family Moviesp. 211
About the Authorp. 215
Indexp. 217
Free-Range Membership Cardsp. 227
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ISBN: 9780470574751
ISBN-10: 0470574755
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 26th March 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1