Free Range Kids Book is Out

I’ve been reading posts at the Free Range Kids website for a while. The writer has a lot of really good points about letting your children have a lot more freedom than many parents are currently willing to allow. You may even remember hearing about Lenore Skenazy a few years back. She’s the mom who let her 9 year old ride the New York Subway alone. The world out there isn’t quite so scary for kids as the media would have you think, after all.

I just found out that her book came out late last month. I’m betting it’s a great read. No, I don’t have it just yet.

If you’re not sure you’ll like the book, start out by reading the blog. You’ll get a feel for the parenting philosophy and decide if it’s something you need to learn more about.

The reader reviews so far are every bit as good as I’d expect for this book. That is, enthusiastic. I’m sure people who like it less will come around, as many parents can’t stand the thought of giving their kids this kind of freedom. But if you want to teach yourself to not give in to your own fears as a parent, it might help.

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2 Responses

  1. Veronica says:

    Free range kids – now that is a very apt title for a book / website! I went to have a look and must say that whilst I agree with her, in today’s and age it isn’t always safe to have your kids running around like she advocates. Where to draw the line is the main issue, I suppose.

  2. Stephanie says:

    You might want to read this post about whether crime against children are down because kids are out less or because there’s just less crime against kids right now. If you’re going to talk about whether or not it’s safe today, consider that crime rates in general as well against children are down to the levels of 1970. If you ran around as a kid, it’s probably safe to let your kids to the same.

    That depends some on the kind of area you live in, as I will certainly agree that some places are less safe than others. There’s the matter of age appropriateness too. But the sheer fear many parents have now of letting even older kids do the things they themselves did at a particular age is borne of the media, not from things being less safe now.