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My daughter started taking the Muni train alone at age 11

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After my daughter started taking San Francisco’s Muni train alone last summer at age 11 (and four months to be exact), I noticed a change in her step. As she walked down the hill from our house to the J stop, she moved her legs methodically and with … [Read More]

Police seize ‘free-range’ kids again

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The children of Maryland parents who made news headlines last year for practicing “free-range parenting” were picked up by police again over the weekend. The kids, ages 10 and 6, were walking alone two-and-a-half blocks from their home in Silver Sp… [Read More]

Parents investigated by CPS for letting their kids walk home alone

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Maryland parents are under investigation by Children’s Protective Services (CPS) for allowing their 10-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son to walk from a local park to their home through a suburban community. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv told the W… [Read More]

Washington school district deems swings dangerous

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A school district in Washington state is pulling out the swings at all schools because of pressure from insurance companies over liability, according to KEPR-TV. Richland School District has already torn out swings at some schools and they’re fast-t… [Read More]

Mom thrown in jail for letting kids play outside—huh?

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Back in the “good-old days,” a kid came home from school, gulped down a glass of milk, changed into grubby clothes and raced outside to meet up with a pack of neighborhood kids. Together they all ran around wildly, catching frogs, climbing trees an… [Read More]

Study: Little kids aren’t spending enough time outside

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Catching frogs, climbing trees, making mud pies, kicking around a ball—these are the true joys of childhood. But it turns out that many little kids aren’t experiencing them these days because they’re not getting outside. A new study, publ… [Read More]