Free-Range Kids, Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 20, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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Praise for Free-Range Kids

"Lenore Skenazy is a national hero."
Mary Roach, author, Bonk and Stiff

"This book is a bubbly but potent corrective for the irrational fears that drive so many parents crazy. Skenazy is witty, perceptive, persuasive, and above all, sensible."
Robert Needlman, M.D., coauthor, Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care, 8th Edition

"Free-Range Kids is the best kind of manifesto: smart, funny, rigorous, sane, impassioned, and bristling with common sense. If you're a parent, or planning to become one, read this book. You have nothing to lose—apart from your anxiety."
Carl Honoré, author, In Praise of Slowness and Under Pressure

"Even scaredy-cat parents like myself now have a how-to manual on overcomingirrational suspicions and, finally, differentiating between an axe murderer anda play date!"
David Harsanyi, syndicated columnist and author, Nanny State

"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 Bible and the TV remote, and refer to as needed during the 11 o'clock news."
Jordan Lite, news reporter, Scientific American Online

"Read this book—Mommy said you could."
Penn Jillette, Penn & Teller


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I have read a lot of parenting books. In fact, when pregnant with my first and the topic of parenting books came up, my husband said "She reads them all, and then gives me the Cliff's Notes." Which ... Read full review

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User Review  - Liz - Goodreads

This book is a must read parenting book and one of the few I could completely relate to. Her arguments are sound, full of common sense, and are backed by facts. To boot, her writing is to the point ... Read full review


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LENORE SKENAZY is a syndicated columnist, humorist, and founder of Free-Range Kids. She has written for periodicals from Reader's Digest to The Times (of London) to Mad magazine, and been a commentator on CNBC, the Food Network, and NPR. Her books include The Dysfunctional Family Christmas Songbook and Who's the Blonde That Married What's-His-Name? She lives with her husband and two sons in New York City.

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