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Free Range Kids: Not Just Letting Kids Be Kids, But Letting Kids Become Adults
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Free Range Kids: Not Just Letting Kids Be Kids, But Letting Kids Become Adults

Thirty years ago, a parent generally erected fewer roadblocks around their child to explore the world. Children didn’t grow up with the invisible (and sometimes visible!) leashes that confine them to life within a stone’s throw of a parent or guardian. I think this new reality makes sedentary play a symptom of our attitudes toward children exercising their autonomy rather than children exercising their imagination or body. Free Range Kids is a movement that is gaining traction in the wake of several recent news stories where children have been prevented by authorities from learning and playing in an age appropriate way. Continue reading

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Humour / Parenting / Religion

The Pope’s Mama- Catholic Leader to Muslims: “You should punch people who insult the Prophet”

As a parent, I’m constantly trying to teach my kids that physical violence and retaliation are escalating behaviors that might make you feel better in the moment- but moments later prove themselves to have not just “not solved” a problem, but in fact make your problems worse. “Don’t hit your sister“, I tell my son. … Continue reading

Charlie Hebdo: Talking To My Son About Xenophobia, Privilege, and Satire.
Humour / Parenting

Charlie Hebdo: Talking To My Son About Xenophobia, Privilege, and Satire.

My son loves comedy.  He searches for it on YouTube, he watches stand-up and skit comedy on television; for Christmas this year you got his most prized possession- the entire box set of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.  Among his absolute favourite shows on television is The Daily Show, and when Jon Stewart addressed the Charlie … Continue reading