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Free-range kids : how to raise safe, self-reliant children (without going nuts with worry) / Lenore Skenazy.

By: Skenazy, Lenore.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2010Edition: First [pbk.] edition.Description: xxii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780470574751.Other title: Free range kids.Subject(s): Child rearing | Parent and childDDC classification:
Contents:
The fourteen free-range commandments: Know when to worry -- Turn off the news -- Avoid experts -- Boycott baby knee pads -- Don't think like a lawyer -- Ignore the blamers -- Eat chocolate -- Study history -- Be worldly --Get braver -- Relax -- Fail! --Lock them out -- Listen to your kids -- The free range guide to life: Safe or not? The A-to-Z review of everything you might be worried about -- Strangers with candy.
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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.

Originally published in hardcover in 2009 as the title: Free range kids: giving our children the freedom we had without going nuts with worry.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-213) and index.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-210) and index.

The fourteen free-range commandments: Know when to worry -- Turn off the news -- Avoid experts -- Boycott baby knee pads -- Don't think like a lawyer -- Ignore the blamers -- Eat chocolate -- Study history -- Be worldly --Get braver -- Relax -- Fail! --Lock them out -- Listen to your kids -- The free range guide to life: Safe or not? The A-to-Z review of everything you might be worried about -- Strangers with candy.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  • Introduction: Welcome to-Yikes! (p. xi)
  • Part 1 The fourteen free-Range Commandments (p. 1)
  • 1 Know When to Worry (p. 3)
  • Play Dates and Axe Murderers: How to Tell the Difference
  • 2 Turn Off the News (p. 12)
  • Go Easy on the "Law and Order," Too
  • 3 Avoid Experts (p. 21)
  • Who Knew You Were Doing Everything Wrong? ...Them!
  • 4 Boycott Baby Knee Pads (p. 31)
  • And the Rest of the Kiddie Safety-Industrial Complex
  • 5 Don't think Like a Lawyer (p. 41)
  • Some Risks Are Worth It
  • 6 Ignore the Blamers (p. 50)
  • They Don't Know Your Kid Like You Do
  • 7 Eat Chocolate (p. 59)
  • Give Halloween Back to the Trick-or-Treaters
  • 8 Study History (p. 68)
  • Your Ten-Year-Old Would Have Been Forging Horseshoes (or at Least Delivering Papers)
  • 9 Be Worldly (p. 80)
  • Why Other Countries Are Laughing at zee Scaredy-Cat Americans
  • 10 Get Braver (p. 91)
  • Quit Trying to Control Everything. It Doesn't Work Anyway
  • 11 Relax (p. 103)
  • Not Every Little Thing You Do Has That Much Impact on Your Child's Development
  • 11 Fail! (p. 114)
  • It's the New Succeed
  • 13 Lock Them Out (p. 125)
  • Make Them Play-or Else!
  • 14 Listen to Your Kids (p. 135)
  • They Don't Want to Be Treated Like Babies (Except the Actual Babies, of Course)
  • Part 2 The Free-Range Guide Life (p. 145)
  • Safe or Not? The A-to-Z Review of Everything You Might Be Worried About (p. 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 Worried (p. 180)
  • Conclusion: The Other Problem That Has No Name-and Its Solution (p. 191)
  • Sources (p. 197)
  • Helpful Books, Blogs, Web Sites, and Some Inspiring Family Movies (p. 211)
  • About the Author (p. 215)
  • Index (p. 217)
  • Free-Range Membership Cards (p. 227)