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Free range kids : giving our children the freedom we had without going nuts with
Skenazy, Lenore
Adult Nonfiction HQ769 .S5519 2009

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Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Welcome to-Yikes!p. xi
Part 1 - The Fourteen Free-Range Commandmentsp. 1
1 - Know When to Worry: Play Dates and Axe Murderers: How to Tell the Differencep. 3
2 - Turn Off the News: Go Easy on the "Law and Order," Toop. 12
3 - Avoid Experts: Who Knew You Were Doing Everything Wrong?. . .Them!p. 21
4 - Boycott Baby Knee Pads: And the Rest of the Kiddis Safety-Industrial Complexp. 31
5 - Don't Think Like a Lawyer: Some Risks Are Worth Itp. 41
6 - Ignore the Blamers: They Don't Know Your Kid Like You Dop. 50
7 - Eat Chocolate: Give Halloween Back to the Trick-or-Treatersp. 59
8 - Study History: Your Ten-Year-Old Would Have Been Forging Horseshoes (or at Least Deliverting Papers)p. 68
9 - Be Worldly: Why Other Countries Are Laughing at zee Scaredy-Cat Americansp. 80
10 - Get Braver: Quit Trying to Control Everything. It Doesn't Work Anywayp. 91
11 - Relax: Not Every Little Thing You Do Has That Much Impact on Your Child's Developmentp. 103
12 - Fail! Is's the New Succeedp. 114
13 - Lock Them Out: Make Them Play-or Else!p. 125
14 - Listen to Your Kids: They Don't Want to Be Treated Like Babies (Except the Actual Babies, of Course)p. 135
Part 2 - The Free-Range Guide to Lifep. 145
Safe or Not? The A-to-Z Review of Everything You Might Be Worried Aboutp. 147
Animals, Being Eaten By
Bats (Metal)
Bats (Vampire)
Bottle Feeding: Formula for Disaster?
BPA Poisoning in Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups. . .and Everything Else
Cell Phones and Brain Cancer (but Not, Alas, "Cell Phones and How Come Your Kids Never Answer When You Need Them To")
Choking on Food and All the Other Little Things Around the House
Cough and Cold Medicinitis
Death by Stroller
Eating Snow
Germs, Antigerms, and Shopping Cart Liners
Halloween Candy: Hershey's Kiss of Death?
Internet Predators and Other Skeeves Online
Lead Paint, Lead Toys, and Lead Everything from China
Licking the Batter off Beaters While They Are Still Plugged In
Plastic Bags and Why There Are Warnings All over Them
Playground Perils
Pools and Water and Kids and Toilets (Not the Fun Part)
Raw Dough's Raw Deal
School Shootings
Spoilage (of Children)
Spoilage (of Lunch)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Sunscreen, Vitamin D, Skin Cancer, You Name It
Teen Sex (Yes, Kids, We Know You're Reading This. Now Come and Ask Us All About Contraception)
The Woods, Playing In
Walking to School (or at Least the Bus Stop)
Zoo Animals (in Cracker Form and Otherwise)
Strangers with Candy
Even the Folks Who Put the Faces on Milk Cartons Aren't Too Worriedp. 180
The Other Problem That Has No Name-and Its Solutionp. 191
Sourcesp. 197
Helpful Books, Blogs, Web Sites, and Some Inspiring Family Moviesp. 211
About the Authorp. 215
Indexp. 217
Free-Range Membership Cardsp. 227

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