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momW's picture
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Must read book!!!

I completely forgot to post this when I got done reading this book. This is a MUST READ BOOK for all parents!! I really enjoyed it. "Free Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)" by Lenore Skenazy.

I bought it on my Kindle, but I'm ordering a hard copy to loan out to everyone I know.....my mom first!

Anyone else read it already?

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Hey,, when did this come out?

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Amazon says it came out last April.

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Added it to my list!

I recently finished reading NurtureShock. It's a very interesting book that really challenges how you think! It's not very long (a third of the book is references, notes, etc). I really recommend people to read it.

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I was interviewed by a movie company here in NY on doing a documentary on how to raise self reliant children if you are an overprotective parent. Just curious if this was the same company or not..

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The author is the lady that let her 9 year old son ride the subway alone in New York a couple years ago. I guess there was a real big stink about it. She was on every live t.v. news-type show and they had lots of parenting "experts" :rolleyes: talk about how terrible of a mother she is. I, of course, being the hermit that I am didn't hear about it, but everyone I know IRL remembers when it happened.

I've been using a lot of the recommendations in her book and it's helping me so much. I'm seriously making my mom read it. I am by nature a free range parent, I don't get shook up easily or scared easily, and I was raised that way. However, my mom, since becoming a grandma is so freaking overprotective of my children that it makes me insane. She's is always playing "what if" games about the stuff the kids do, it makes me crazy. One of my favorite parts of this book is the explanation on child abductions, it's worth the purchase just to read that part! She dug up the statistics and research to write this book, it's not just her opinion.

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I try hard to be a free-range momma. It seems like Ethan is doing just fine learning to be able to be self-reliant.

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my mom was very overprotective and i was pretty self reliant. she was always telling us what could happen to us as kids if we went somewhere alone or did something. i also grew up very laid back, but am finding myself to be a little over protective of Lucas. i guess we will see!

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"janijanis" wrote:

my mom was very overprotective and i was pretty self reliant. she was always telling us what could happen to us as kids if we went somewhere alone or did something. i also grew up very laid back, but am finding myself to be a little over protective of Lucas. i guess we will see!

The thing I liked most about this book was the actual research and information she provided. They tell you all the time about, don't do this, don't let your kids do that, don't eat halloween candy from anyone you don't know LOL, kids will get abducted, and on and on. She does explain a little about how we come up with the scenarios that play in our heads about what could happen when little Johnny at 5 years old goes over an isle in the grocery store....that moment when your heart sinks as you frantically look around, thinking about ALL those children abducted from Walmart, cause it happens all the time, right???? No, it actually doesn't. And she gives lots of stuff to back it up. The Halloween candy chapter is great too! Read this book janijanis, as the mother of a 12 year old and a wanna-be free ranger, I can attest to the fact that sometimes you really do just get sucked into the fear mongering Smile