- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470574755
- ISBN-13: 978-0470574751
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 201 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Free-Range Kids, How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) Paperback – April 19, 2010
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Library Journal Starred Review - Skenazy flies the blackflag of America’s Worst Mom, a title this syndicatedcolumnist and NPR commentator earned by allowing her nine-year-oldson to ride the New York City public transit alone in 2008. Here,she puts parents? fears to bed by examining the statisticallikelihood of the dangers we most fear (murder, baby-snatching,etc.). Drawing on facts, statistics, and humor, she convincinglyargues that this is one of the safest periods for children in thehistory of the world, reiterating that mostly, the world is safeand mostly, people are good. Even the lowest-flying helicopterparents would have trouble disagreeing that we have entered an erathat says you cannot trust yourself. Trust a product instead.Skenazy argues that it’s time to retire the national pastimeof worrying and that childhood is supposed to be about discoveringthe world, not being held captive. The obvious has never been sohilarious.
"Skenazy will find plenty of supporters for her contention that,in a world where the rights of chickens to roam freely arechampioned, it's time to liberate the kids." (The Wall StreetJournal, April 24, 2009)
"Skenazy advocates for a child's right to separate graduallyfrom a parent's assistance and to learn the joy and self-confidencethat comes from trying out independence."
—Christian Century (November 2009)
"Free-Range Kids is the best kind of manifesto: smart,funny, rigorous, sane, impassioned, and bristling with commonsense. If you’re a parent, or planning to become one, readthis book. You have nothing to lose–apart from youranxiety."
—Carl Honoré, author, In Praise of Slowness andUnder Pressure
"Even scaredy-cat parents like myself now have a how-to manualon overcoming irrational suspicions and, finally, differentiatingbetween an axe murderer and a play date!"
—David Harsanyi, syndicated columnist and author, NannyState.
"Free-Range Kids makes the perfect baby shower gift."
—Nancy McDermott, parenting blogger, Spiked Online
"Moral insight without moralizing—how rare is that?"
—Amity Shlaes, author, The Forgotten Man
"Keep Free-Range Kids on your bedstand next to your bibleand the TV remote, and refer to as needed during the 11 o'clocknews."
—Jordan Lite, news reporter, Scientific American online
"Read this book—Mommy said you could."
—Penn Jillette, Penn & Teller
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"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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"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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When I was a child, I remember roaming for miles without anyone knowing exactly where I was. There were no cell phones, and no one was worried as long as I showed up by dark. At 8, I was home along for an hour or so a day with my younger brother. We survived. I want my son to have similar freedoms as he grows up. This book was amazing and humorous as well!
Child rearing is indeed one of the most important things adults do, but this book teaches the old-school way in which the prime directive is still to get your child to adulthood so that they can function on their own and become a contributing member of society.
A must read for all modern parents, especially those who need an antidote for their own unfounded fears perpetrated by morning talk shows and their so-called experts.