Free Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry
FREE RANGE KIDS has become a national movement, sparked by the incredible response to Lenore Skenazys 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...more
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I understand that it's a different world now, but this Mom of 4 is pro walk to school!(less)
I don’t agree with all of the author’s parenting advice, and I wouldn’t have ma ...more
I can agree with her in a few other ways. I agree with her about the crazy law suits. We all should take responsibility for our own actions. I also agree with her that children need responsibilities and freedom, but I think the freedom should come age appropriately. Children can babysit othe ...more
The standout point when I first read this book was about risk assessment. Rather than just following the crowd in the name of protecting your c ...more
That said, this was a great book. Since I knew I wasn't going to agree with everything she said, I expected to disagree with a lot of the book. Instead, I realized how much I've held my own kids back and that a lot ...more
I gave the book two stars instead of one because there were enough interesting anecdotes to keep me reading, but really, I was climbing the walls the entire time I read this. Let me ...more
This book was a revelation for me, though. It posits that helicopter parenting, even that degree of helicopter parenting done by parents who think they're *not* helicopter parents, is unnecessary and unhe ...more
Our children are much too capable to be kept under constant supervision. We should teach them skills and then give them opportunities to interact with the world on their own.
I highly recommend it for anyone raising or planning to raise kids these days.
On the other hand, I found some aspects of the book annoying (the author's columni ...more
General thesis is that things are not as dangerous as you fear, that kids need to be allowed to have the same freedoms we had when young to ...more
Let me start off by saying this is not your average parenting book. It's not really "un-parenting" either - it's about taking the nitty-gritty of parenting seriously but knowing when your job as a parent is to just let go and let your children do things on their own. It's about giving your kids skills and then letting them actually USE those sk ...more
The book is well organized and has its good points against 'helicopter', overprotective parenting. I also like Lenore Skenazy's style and sense of humor. But not all the parents I've seen around are overprotective and constantly worrying to that extent. I've seen parents close to the types she describes, but isn't it their own business?
The part about the non-English speaking part of the world is e ...more
Full disclosure: be ready for a little irony as this parenting book tells you to ignore parenting books. Otherwise, you can expect a hearty dose of practical sense and parental empowerment.
The overriding idea of this book is that YOU know yo ...more
I didn't love her derisive tone, though. And there were a few really laughable assumptions (sad "you've gotta be kidding me" laughs, not ha-ha laughs) -- like when she's discussing our current "blame the par ...more
Here, I have gone beyond criticizing the book to criticizing the author herself, which is not something I normally do. Books are just books. Unless it's something ridiculously offensive like Revealing Eden or anything Pat Robertson has ever written, said, or done, I don't criticize authors themselves. Books are fair game. Authors are not.
But this is different. Lenore S ...more
But this book... this is anti-alarmist parenting book. And I devoured it.
Ms. Skenazy is very polarizing. And I see why. The parents who have been indoctrinated to live in terror of every thing from germs to chemicals ...more
I do not consider myself a parent who worries. My kids are pretty independent at ages 6 & 8. They walk to their friends houses, they bike the neighbourhood, they bake cookies on their own, and they make their own decisions.
However, I do live in a small rural area. Maybe if I lived in a city I would worry about them more.... but I don't think so.
Even though I am a parent who doesn't worry, I still en ...more
This book is so damn rational that it's like a punch in the face, after years and decades of constant exposure to viral news about stranger danger and poisoned Halloween candy and other ridiculously unlikely (or not likely AT ALL) happenings.
It give me reason ...more
These ideas are not new to me, but like Skenazy, I'm surprised at how ...more
— TV exposure to violence has made us think violence is more common than it actually is. In America, in 1971 things changed: the All in the Family show broke taboos, and other shows followed suit.
— There is an inner reflex to blame victims for their fates so that we can feel safe and smug. We convince ourselves the victims did so ...more
Your child has a greater statistical chance of being struck by lightening or eaten by a shark or being mauled by a loose tiger than being abducted by a stranger in our country. Drivi ...more
Има един израз "майка орлица", като идентичният на английски е "helicopter parent" - един вид родители, които постоянно и ...more