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Free-Range Kids, How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) par [Skenazy, Lenore]
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Library Journal Starred Review – Skenazy flies the black flag of America s Worst Mom, a title this syndicated columnist and NPR commentator earned by allowing her nine–year–old son to ride the New York City public transit alone in 2008. Here, she puts parents? fears to bed by examining the statistical likelihood of the dangers we most fear (murder, baby–snatching, etc.). Drawing on facts, statistics, and humor, she convincingly argues that this is one of the safest periods for children in the history of the world, reiterating that mostly, the world is safe and mostly, people are good. Even the lowest–flying helicopter parents would have trouble disagreeing that we have entered an era that says you cannot trust yourself. Trust a product instead. Skenazy argues that it s time to retire the national pastime of worrying and that childhood is supposed to be about discovering the world, not being held captive. The obvious has never been so hilarious.

"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, April 24, 2009)

"Skenazy advocates for a child′s right to separate gradually from a parent′s assistance and to learn the joy and self–confidence that 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 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 overcoming irrational suspicions and, finally, differentiating between an axe murderer and a 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



An excellent argument for letting children have more time and space to play outdoors. (Geographical, August 2010).

Présentation de l'éditeur

FREE RANGE KIDS has become a national movement, sparked by the incredible response to Lenore Skenazy's piece about allowing her 9-year-old ride the subway alone in NYC. Parent groups argued about it, bloggers, blogged, spouses became uncivil with each other, and the media jumped all over it. A lot of parents today, Skenazy says, see no difference between letting their kids walk to school and letting them walk through a firing range. Any risk is seen as too much risk. But if you try to prevent every possible danger or difficult in your child's everyday life, that child never gets a chance to grow up. We parents have to realize that the greatest risk of all just might be trying to raise a child who never encounters choice or independence.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 260 pages
  • Editeur : Jossey-Bass; Édition : 1 (26 mai 2009)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002NOGFGO
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Enfin un livre qui démontre par l'exemple et avec forces arguments qu'on surprotège nos enfants... ou comment découvrir que la peur d'enlèvement qu'on a en laissant nos enfants jouer dehors est relativement infondée... l'auteur aborde la plupart des sujets sur lesquels notre peur du danger nous fait brider nos propres enfants. Elle propose également des manières plus ou moins radicales de changer d'attitude. Plus ou moins rapidement selon les parents. En plus l'auteure a de l'humour, ce qui rend la lecture bien agréable.
Petite précision : il n'est pas question dans ce livre d'encourager les prises de risque mais plutôt de démontrer comment on protège nos enfants là où ce n'est pas véritablement nécessaire.
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HASH(0x96fb3588) étoiles sur 5 Finally a parenting book I can relate to! 6 avril 2009
Par Semele - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've been reading Lenore's blog for a few months now, and I enjoy it, so I mean it as a compliment when I say that her book is WAY better than her blog.

I really enjoyed the combination of light-hearted quips and anecdotes together with serious, thought-provoking information and opinions. Opinions that are backed up by real data, not the urban legends everyone likes to cite. Did you know that there are no documented cases of kids being given poisoned candy by a stranger on Halloween? I didn't. Lenore debunks lots of "known dangers," and she does it in a readable, entertaining fashion.

This is a parenting book I'm going to recommend to my friends, and one of the very few that I won't be selling to the used book store. This one will be proudly displayed on my bookshelf to be loaned out to people who need it, and re-read by me when I need a reminder not to be sucked in by the paranoid parenting that's taken over our society. Thanks, Lenore!
119 internautes sur 132 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x96fb37d4) étoiles sur 5 Agree With the Sentiment, Not a Huge Fan of the Style 3 septembre 2009
Par Amy Senk - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
Personally, I thought the author was cool when she let her kid ride the subway alone. It's hard for parents to let go, but we have to or we'll stunt our kids. I was a crime reporter for many years. I covered Polly Klaas -- I know first-hand out unsafe the world can be. So lock your doors, put your kids in car seats, be sensible and then move on. To try to control every aspect of your kids' world probably does steal a little of their childhood away from them.

But blogs turned into books often annoy me, because that witty-breezy-edgy voice begins to grate.

I think this is an OK book, probably one that a lot of parents need to read or will want to read. But for me, once the point was made, it was made. I'd have been happy reading this in a magazine article without dragging it out. It felt like a make-a-buck effort more than a necessary parenting tool.
45 internautes sur 49 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x968e6414) étoiles sur 5 A mixture of good points with head-in-the-sand wishful thinking... 7 janvier 2015
Par David Wood - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I have to admit, this book lost me pretty early. In the interests of full disclosure, I'm a scientist by education, and an educator by profession. I love hard data, research, and statistics. If I don't know the answer to something, my response is always, "To the research!" Rationality in as many decisions as possible.

That background aside, it isn't so much that this book is wrong. A lot of what it says is quite right. It's more that the right and wrongs of this book are so random and poorly researched, that I lost my faith in what I was reading fast. In one chapter, it will tell you (quite rightly) that the chance of your kid getting abducted is so tiny, that their freedom and independence and play is WAY more important. But then in another chapter, it will tell you to ignore those books on prenatal diet (and their impact on brain development), or the effects of chemicals on your kids, and imply that breastfeeding isn't incredibly valuable.

Once I read a few things that belittled actual, hard scientific data, I realized that this book is largely wishful thinking. Since so many parents are absurdly stressed out about parenting decisions (ironically, stress hurts your kids... so calming down is not bad advice at all), this book responds to the problem by encouraging people to bury their heads in the sand about actually scientifically proven issues.

Everyone makes LOTS of parenting mistakes. And stressing about it is pointless. Your kids will indeed be fine, as this book says. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't have as much information at your disposal, and make the best decisions you can. It isn't something to stress about, but it isn't something to ignore, either. Information is never bad. It's what you do with it.

This book will make a lot of stressed parents feel better. And that will be good for their kids, as a matter of fact. But it will also cause parents ignore some obvious steps you can take to give your kids the best start in life.

I would say 75% of what this book says is correct. But 75% isn't really good enough. This book is light on the research, and heavy on personal opinions (of both the author and various "experts" who sometimes offer no scientific justification for their claims).

If you're an overstressed parent, this book might not be a bad idea to give you a reality check and help you calm down. But don't assume that everything in it is accurate, or that researching the best decisions for your child isn't a good idea.
31 internautes sur 33 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x96fb3d74) étoiles sur 5 A fun and reassuring read 1 juillet 2010
Par L. Fields - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
From the beginning, I was sucked in by her light, funny writing style. She uses a lot of sarcasm, which is always fun for me. The book came about because she wrote a column about letting her 9 year old ride the subway in New York City home by himself. She was contacted by various news shows to come on television and share her story, where she was usually made to look negligent by various parenting "experts." From there, a whole parenting movement took off, which she dubbed the Free Range movement. The premise is that kids have common sense, and that the world is safe and they should be allowed to explore it.

She uses statistics to back up her reasoning, some of which are surprising and reassuring. For instance, the likelihood of your child being abducted by a stranger are 1 in 1,500,000. That amounts to 0.000067%. She states that violent crime rates peaked in the early '90s, have been on a steady decline since, and are now at the same levels as they were in the early '60s. There are hypotheses about why this may be. Perhaps it's better prosecution of sex offenders, a greater police presence, better psychiatric treatments available, something else, or all of the above. She discusses Halloween as well. One expert found that there has never been a single case of a child dying from Halloween candy poisoned by a stranger. Not one single case.

This book takes you through 14 "commandments" for free range parents, and information about why you'd want to live this way. At the end of each chapter, she gives you ideas for how you can work toward allowing your kids more freedom. She does a great deal to try to soothe our natural parenting worries, which often are fueled by things like the evening news and Law & Order. She also spends a chapter addressing specific safety concerns parents have, such as choking, drowning, abduction, and "stranger danger" in general.

My main complaint about the book is that she sometimes lets her personal feelings influence her writing. One example is her view on breastfeeding, which of course I must address considering my career choice (childbirth & lactation educator). I agree with her that babies who are formula fed are going to mostly turn out just fine. I don't agree with labeling the benefits of breastfeeding as "supposed" and downplaying the importance of nutrition in general. It sounds like she had a run-in over formula feeding when one of her kids was a baby, and it has created a 12-year grudge (her words). I hope she can one day work through those feelings. She ignores studies on breastfeeding and formula, and states that the only real benefit is that breastfed babies might have fewer ear infections. Of course, that's just one of many, many benefits to both mothers and babies. I'm sorry that she felt harassed by a lactivist at some point in her life; I don't believe at all that formula is poison or that mothers who bottle feed should be made to feel guilty. How we choose to feed our babies (and our older kids - she addresses nutrition in general in a similar way as well) is up to us. However, this was one area where she chose to ignore evidence in favor of a personal bias.

Overall, this book is worth reading. It has some good information for parents, a fun writing style, and reassurance that no matter what we do, if we love our kids we probably won't screw them up too badly.
44 internautes sur 50 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x96f90738) étoiles sur 5 A great read for parents 10 avril 2009
Par Lori Pierce - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is seriously one of the best parenting books I have read. Not only do I love Lenore Skenazy's writing style - so very down to earth - her advice is right on the mark. She doesn't dictate what you have to do, but offers some very practical wisdom on what dangers are real and which are overblown.

Her ideas are well-researched (documentation in the back of the book), her examples are on-the-mark - sometimes sad and many times hilarious, and she demonstrates a real empathy for parents. We can all get overwhelmed by the abundance of advice for parents. Lenore urges us to take a step back, use our common sense, and do what's best for our own children.
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