Free-range Kids

Free-range Kids : How to Raise Safe, Self-reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)

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FREE RANGE KIDS has become a national movement, sparked bythe incredible response to Lenore Skenazy?s piece about allowingher 9-year-old ride the subway alone in NYC. Parent groups arguedabout it, bloggers, blogged, spouses became uncivil with eachother, and the media jumped all over it. A lot of parents today,Skenazy says, see no difference between letting their kids walk toschool and letting them walk through a firing range. Any risk isseen as too much risk. But if you try to prevent every possibledanger or difficult in your child?s everyday life, that child nevergets a chance to grow up. We parents have to realize that thegreatest risk of all just might be trying to raise a child whonever encounters choice or independence.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 16mm | 299.37g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Jossey Bass Wiley
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0470574755
  • 9780470574751
  • 93,139

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Anexcellent argument for letting children have more time and space toplay outdoors. (Geographical, August 2010).
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Critical Praise for Free-Range Kids "Skenazy will find plenty of supporters for her contention that, in a world where the rights of chickens to roam freely are championed, it's time to liberate the kids." --The Wall Street Journal "A bubbly but potent corrective for the irrational fears that drive so many parents crazy." --Robert Needlman, M.D., coauthor, Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care, 8th Edition "Lenore Skenazy is a national hero."--Mary Roach, author, Bonk and Stiff READERS RAVE TOO "I read the whole thing and feel so much better! The pressure of always trying to do the exact right thing for my kids was exhausting. In truth, I have two normal, high-energy boys who need to be able to explore the world. Thank you!" "Your book had me laughing so hard that my husband had to come and see if I was okay! (I think my gasping sounded like sobbing.)" "Just what the doctor ordered. I'm a single mother of two girls, 7 and 10, in a middle-class suburb that is very safe. I needed the advice in your book and had a lot of belly laughs reading it." "I didn't even realize the path I was going down until I stumbled across your book. Letting go feels great, and I can really see a difference in my son. He plays outside all the time with his group, and he loves being able to run to all of his friends' houses, alone, to see if they can play. It's a proud moment for both of us." "I was finding myself getting paranoid. I am so happy I read your book! It has really helped me relax." "Now if I can just get my wife to read it."
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Table of contents

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.
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Review Text

'An excellent argument for letting children have more time and space to play outdoors.' (Geographical, August 2010).
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What an amazing book! I highly recommend it. Your children will thank more
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