Free-Range Kids, How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) [NOOK Book]

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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

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470497968
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 131,246
  • File size: 469 KB

Meet the Author

Lenore Skenazy
LENORE SKENAZY is a syndicated columnist, humorist, and founder of Free-Range Kids. She has written for periodicals from Reader's Digest to The Times (of London) to Mad magazine, and been a commentator on CNBC, the Food Network, and NPR. Her books include The Dysfunctional Family Christmas Songbook and Who's the Blonde That Married What's-His-Name? She lives with her husband and two sons in New York City.
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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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  • Posted June 10, 2009

    The Best Parenting Book Ever!

    A very well researched book on a common sense approach to parenting that has been a long time coming. Skenazy takes "helicopter parents" and brings them back down to earth with humor, advice, and the experiences of bringing up her two children in the teeming metropolis of New York City. Taking all the fear out of parenting in practically impossible, but this book lays to rest numerous folk-tales of child abduction risks and other horrors that occupy our cable television channels 24/7. A must-read for parents who truly want to help their kids grow up to be safe, self-reliant adults.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

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    Good principles. Quick read.

    In the interest of full disclosure: I am not a father. I won't be for quite some time. But -- I am highly interested in self-reliance and I believe that one's childhood impacts the lens through which they learn. Skenazy's take on parenting is refreshing. She believes in allowing kids to learn about the world for themselves, which is essentially the complete opposite of helicopter parenting or micro-managing kids. While critics will call her cavalier, her use of statistics clearly defend her position. Yes, she worries for her children like all caring parents, but her fear is only proportional to the risk of a given activity. While her decision to let her child ride the subway was criticized, she backed it up with statistics about actual child abduction. Turns out, it's pretty rare. Her book effectively points out that the media's portrayal (intentional or not) of childhood dangers is is actual entirely disproportional to reality. Bottom line: It's a good quick read about letting kids just be kids again. Her cheeky sense of humor makes for a few chuckles, but sometimes she uses it a little too frequently, which distracts from the book. Her tone is very conversational.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    EPIC303

    This is epic :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Cool book!

    I loved this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Tips in this book used to be common sense

    A book that needed to be written. Funny and insightfull. The going free range tips and baby steps at the end of each chapter are silly and trite but designed with good intentions. A good critique of the hover parent style of many parents we've all expernced. The basic point of the book is parents relax,your kids are going to be ok. Let them ake risks, play, explore the world on their own terms and not worry so much about their standardize test scores, college choices, or organized sports. Just let them be kids.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Great Parenting Advice

    I came to this book without knowing not only that there was someone who had let her nine-year-old ride the New York subway by himself, but also that that someone was the author of this book. So, I was unfamiliar with the author's blog and her other journalism. I think her humor, while often funny, probably works better in those shorter forms that in this longer piece. There are a few chapters late in the book where I felt she was stretching her point a bit. Still, I really enjoyed this book. It offers some refreshing perspective and a call for more perspective in parenting. I think this is a valuable message for those who are open to receiving it, as I was. I tend to be anxious (it is difficult not to be given what is reported in the news), but I also very much want to raise children who are confident and not themselves anxious. This book presents some facts and thoughts that I hope will assist me is better assessing what's really a risk to my children, and in so doing, help me let them go so they both fail on their own, and succeed on their own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    very worthwhile

    This book is so entertaining and makes some excellent points. The takeaway is that we don't have nearly as much to fear as our culture would have us believe. Since reading, we've been letting up on the reigns in little ways and it's been working out great. I'm really noticing now other mothers comments about fears. There does seem to be an unspoken contest among some moms as to who's the "most concerned about safety". Unfortunately, it's the kids who pay the price...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    Highly recommended - if you have a child in your life

    This is a call for sanity in midst of insanity.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Mizuki stared at her young self, swung her cape and dissapeared when the 7 yr old version looked her direction.

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