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Is There a Gun Where Your Child Plays?

<a href="/articles/is-there-a-gun-where-your-child-plays">Is There a Gun Where Your Child Plays?</a>

It was our teen who first told me that the parents of one of his friends keep a handgun in their family home '‘for protection'’. I did not react well. As far as I know, our son did not come into contact with the handgun. And knowing the parents as well as I do, I expect that their handgun is stored ‘safely’. But unless I am willing to ask some rather awkward questions I cannot know for sure. Read full article

Free Range Parenting - Lucky To Have the Choice

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2013/09/18/free-range-parenting-lucky-to-have-the-choice">Free Range Parenting - Lucky To Have the Choice</a>

Jennifer Finney Boylan writes "We want to shield our children, but it's the worst thing we can do." She talks about her son's exchange trip in his senior year to Cape Town, of allowing him to bungee jump and sky dive, and knowing that in allowing our children to take calculated risks we build resilience, "the courage they need when those perils arise." We need to be mindful that when we grapple with how to provide our kids with opportunities to experience calculated risk ... what we are often talking about is less a problem than a product of our privilege. Read full article