Ready to Loosen the Apron Strings?


We’ve talked about the Free Range Kids concept (and book!) here at TGSG before.

We’ve talked about helicopter parents, allowing children more freedom and room to roam, real versus perceived danger, and the importance of free play and time in nature.

So, the questions is this: Are you ready to do more than talk?

Saturday, May 22nd is the first, “Take Your Child to the Park…& Leave Them There Day.”

Yup, that’s right.

Now, before you put your head between your knees — we’re talking 7-8 year olds and up.  Not toddlers or preschoolers.

But still — it might just give you pause.

But consider this: Parents often lament they don’t send their kids outside to play because there aren’t other children outside playing. And there’s the rub.

No chicken — no egg. Empty yards, parks, and sidewalks.

Check out more info on the day and what others are saying about it on Lenore Skenazy’s blog, Free Range Kids.

Regardless if you are ready to participate this year or not — it’s a great conversation to have with your spouse, significant other — or simply yourself.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Creative Commons License photo credit: Robert S. Donovan

Free Range Guru


A wee Grass Stain Guru discovering the mysteries of the universe with her trusty stick.

As a child, I talked to sticks. Well, actually — sticks talked to me. Often; and quite loudly.

I remember vividly –  interpreting their words and vast knowledge and feeling comforted by the mysteries and great secrets they shared with me.

I spent the bulk of my childhood outdoors: wandering, exploring, climbing, building, and best of all — dreaming. I made up worlds within worlds, and governed them all with a kind spirit and a brave heart.

I was a Free Range Kid in every sense of the term. Free to roam. Free to dream. Free to make choices, take risks, fall down, and get back up again.

My childhood was free from bubble-wrap, and although it was not free from pain nor sorrow, I learned to weather those too. I was free to feel whatever was warranted, and am grateful for this fact.

Today I am free in ways I never would be if I had not been that girl, off on her own talking to sticks and learning the mysteries of the universe, and also herself.

How about you?

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

PS: It took me about 30 years, but I finally grew into that chin.

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