'Don't Talk to Strangers' is Dangerous Advice

Want to keep your children safe? Teach them to talk to strangers. Oh, sure, that's easy for me to say -- Ms. Free-Range Kids. But it's not just me. "We have been trying to debunk the myth of stranger danger," says Ernie Allen. He's the head of t...

Riding with a stranger

There's a fine line between keeping your kids safe and instilling an unhealthy, anti-social fear of anyone they don't know. It can be a very tough call, sometimes. My general rule of thumb is that the kids are free to talk to anyone they like when Ra...

Let's stop being scared

The bogeyman is out there, waiting to snatch your child at random. Or, at least, this was the message from my television last night, as I watched a random legal drama in which a generically cute little girl is whisked away from the playground by a m...

When is attention to your children, too much?

I just returned from a fun errand with Truman in the bike trailer. We hung out downtown, where everyone commented on his happy perfection. A man heading to his smoke break helped me park the trailer, which wanted to poke out into the truck loading zo...


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